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Judge Certifies 50,000-60,000 Class in Forced Labor Case Against GEO
For the first time in history, a federal court allowed a class of immigrant detainees to jointly proceed with forced labor claims against the country’s second largest private prison provider. Judge Kane in the District of Colorado certified a class of between 50,000 and 60,000 current and former immigrant detainees held at GEO’s Aurora, Colorado detention facility since 2004. These individuals, some of whom were found to legally reside in this country after months in detention, allege that they were forced to clean the detention center without pay and under threat of solitary confinement. This practice allowed GEO to reduce labor costs at the Aurora facility, where it employs just one custodian to maintain a detention center that houses up to 1,500 people at a time. Towards Justice represents the plaintiffs with co-counsel at the Meyer Law Office, P.C., The Kelman Buescher Firm, Milstein Law Office, and The Law Office of R. Andrew Free.