Tacoma

A guard at the Northwest Detention Center, a private facility owned and operated by the GEO Group, on contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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The lawsuit argues that GEO violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by allegedly forcing detainees to work for free or be put in isolation.

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With a big contract in the works, Tacoma detention center for immigrants sits half empty.

Fourth grader Arthur Gwozdz of Newcastle points at his parents’ native Poland on a map in his family’s living room. (Photo by Kyle Haddad-Fonda)

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A mysterious geography bug seems to catch a lot of boys in elementary school. But why are there so few girls competing in the National Geographic Bee?

Detainees inside the women's wing of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma were back on hunger strike for the third time this year, just as ICE announced the facility's contract was up for renewal.

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Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.

Betty Erichsen, a volunteer at the Tacoma Seafarers' Center, helps Filipino seafarer Rommel Quibaez with a bulk candy bar purchase. Seafarers are typically in port for about 12 hours only once every few weeks, so an opportunity to stock up on essential items is welcome. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Hundreds of international seafarers pass through our ports every month. Cooks and mechanics, engineers and officers — they're a quiet population of temporary visitors just looking for a little comfort and fun.

A still from The Light in Her Eyes, a film about women practicing conservative Islam, which screens in Tacoma next week. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

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Film Forward, a touring program that will show movies from around the world at various venues in Seattle and Tacoma next week, aims to...

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(Photo by Erika Schultz/THE SEATTLE TIMES ) Diversity Means Opportunity in Tukwila – From Somalis to Bosnians to Nepalis, Seattle Times photographer Erika Schultz put together...

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Local relatives are angry after couples' collection is sold off, mostly to buyers outside the Northwest.   The Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) has come under...

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Leer en Español Imagine a thirteen year old boy trying to stay awake after walking more than three days in the desert. He’s so desperate for...

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Read in English Imagine un niño de trece años tratando de mantenerse despierto después de caminar más de tres días en el desierto. Está tan...

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For over ten years now, the Tacoma Art Museum has been embracing the long-lasting Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos. With the increasing Hispanic...

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Tacoma man awaits verdict for 22-year sentence in Nicaragua Jason Puracal, from Tacoma, WA, is awaiting a sentencing from Nicaraguan judges that could lead to...