Transfers of ICE Detainees from the
Seatac Federal Detention Center
Seatac, Washington

Detainees Transferred
Number last 12 months 2
Out of total detained 4
Earlier years:
previous 12 months 21
FY 2005 7
FY 2000 218

Table 1: Transfers

During the most recent 12 month period for which data are available, 2 detainees were recorded as transferred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from the Seatac Federal Detention Center. This is a federal Bureau of Prisons facility that ICE used for temporary housing of federal immigration detainees.

A detainee leaves an ICE detention facility for one of many reasons. The individual may be simply transferred to a different ICE detention facility. Or the individual may actually leave ICE detention because they were deported, released under supervision while their cases were being decided, or leave for other reasons.

This report summarizes transfers from the Seatac Federal Detention Center. For more information on this facility please see additional TRAC reports in this series.

This report series is based upon analyses conducted by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University of 3.4 million government records tracking each individual who passed through an ICE detention facility during the past decade. The most recent 12 month period for which comprehensive data are available is for April 2007 through March 2008. See About the Data.

Trends in the Number of Detainees Transferred

Greater detail on long-term trends in ICE transfers from the Seatac Federal Detention Center are displayed in Figure 1. Here the month-by-month number of transfers are graphed against the backdrop of the total detainees leaving the custody of this facility. Transfers are displayed with darker shading while those deported or released appear with lighter shading. As is readily apparent, considerable variation has occurred over time in both the overall numbers of detainees as well as the volume of transfers during this period.

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Figure 1: Month-by-month detainee transfers from this facility

Transfer trends for the last decade are summarized by fiscal year in Table 2. Year-by-year figures for the Seatac Federal Detention Center are given for the total number of detainees as compared with the number transferred from the facility. The percent of detainees that end up being transferred from the facility is also given. (As mentioned above, the remaining detainees end up deported, released under supervision, or leave ICE detention for some other reason.) Because data for all twelve months of the most recent fiscal year are not yet available, the FY 2008 numbers (October 2007 through September 2008) are estimated based upon reporting for the first six months.

Fiscal Year ICE Detainees
Total Transfers Percent
1999 364 189 52 %
2000 504 218 43 %
2001 758 420 55 %
2002 558 347 62 %
2003 330 222 67 %
2004 210 134 64 %
2005 7 7 100 %
2006 9 5 56 %
2007 27 20 74 %
2008 (est) 4 4 100 %

Table 2: Detainee transfers from this facility over the last decade

Transfer Details For the Last Twelve Months

Information on each of the transfers from the Seatac Federal Detention Center during the last 12 months is provided in the following table.

Book In Date Release Date Nationality Gender Reason Left DHS
DCO Transferred to DCO
09/24/2007 09/24/2007 Mexico F Transferred Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
09/14/2007 01/02/2008 Somalia M Transferred Seattle, WA Seattle, WA

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