Immigrants At Aurora Facility Move Forward With Forced Labor Lawsuit

By: Andrea Dukakis 

Colorado Public Radio

Thousands of immigrants detained at a federal detention facility in Aurora are moving forward with claims they were forced to work for little or no money. This month, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the green light to a class-action lawsuit against the company that runs the federal facility, GEO.

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Au Pair Class Action Could Upend Decades-Old Program

By: Josh Eidelson

Bloomberg Businessweek

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of 90,000 plaintiffs, claims sponsor agencies have conspired to keep wages low.

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Judge Rules Detainees Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against ICE Facility

By: The Associated Press

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) — A decision Friday by a federal appeals court clears the way for a class action lawsuit brought by nine detainees against an immigrant detention facility in Aurora.

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Appeals Court Broadens Immigrant Detainee Case Alleging Forced Labor

By: Richard Gonzales

National Public Radio

A federal appeals court in Colorado ruled that nine immigrant detainees who are challenging alleged conditions of forced labor at a detention facility in that state can represent a class of about 60,000 others who were detained at the same site.

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Appeals court: Immigration detainees’ lawsuit can go forward

By: The Associated Press

The Seattle Times

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court says immigration detainees who were held at a private prison in Colorado can move forward with a lawsuit alleging they were required to do manual labor for as little as $1 a day while awaiting possible deportation.

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The Tenth Circuit Upholds Class Certification in Immigrant Detainees’ Forced Labor Case against The GEO Group, Inc.

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a decision of the lower court and will allow nine detainees held at GEO’s Aurora, CO immigrant detention facility to represent a class of approximately 60,000 people. The detainees allege that GEO, one of the country’s largest private prison providers, forced them to clean the facility without pay and under threat of solitary confinement in violation of federal forced labor statutes. The class also alleges that GEO’s practice of paying some detainees $1 per day to work at the facility unjustly enriched the company in violation of Colorado law. As the Tenth Circuit explained, the “class members reside in countries around the world, lack English proficiency, and have little knowledge of the legal system in the United States.” With this ruling, they will nevertheless be able to see their day in court.

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Tens of Thousands of Au Pairs Sue, Claiming Unfair Wages

By: Sara Randazzo

The Wall Street Journal

   A class-action lawsuit involving 91,000 au pairs is making the case that the longstanding U.S. program violates federal and state wage laws and exploits young people traveling from abroad to care for American children.

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Au pairs win certification in massive class action against sponsor companies

By: Robert Iafolla

Reuters

A Denver federal judge has certified a nationwide class of more than 90,000 au pairs in a lawsuit that accuses companies that recruit and place au pairs with families in the United States of conspiring to keep their wages low.

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The Check is (Not) in the Mail

By: Jenna Greene

The AM Law Litigation Daily

A class action by Boies Schiller Flexner and Towards Justice claiming au pairs are underpaid has cleared another major hurdle. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello in Colorado certified two classes and multiple subclasses of more than 91,000 J-1 Visa au pairs

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