Eroyn Franklin

Local artist Eroyn Franklin's Detained chronicles her investigation into the old INS building and the Northwest Detention Center. (Larger versions of her cartoon panels were seen at the Gallery4Culture last summer.) Her new book is based on the oral histories of two illegal immigrants, Many Uch and Gabriela Cubillos, both of whom she interviewed with reporters from the Common Language Project. The notorious Northwest Detention Center, located near Tacoma, is a for-profit facility that warehouses federal detainees before processing and deportation. In some cases, as SW has reported, U.S. citizens have also been locked up. Inadequate medical care, lack of due process, and physical abuse have also been charged. Franklin illustrates how the Mexican-born Cubillos, for instance, was stopped for a broken taillight on her car, then spent six weeks in NWDC limbo, unsure if she’d ever see her kids again. (Chicago cartoonist Paul Hornschemeier also appears with his Life With Mr. Dangerous.) BRIAN MILLER

Sat., June 18, 6 p.m., 2011

 
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