By: Andrea Dukakis
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.Read more
By: The Associated Press
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.Read more
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.Read more
By: Jenna Greene
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 pairsRead more