Fighting Forced Labor in Private Immigrant Detention Centers: Menocal et al v. GEO Group Inc.

Towards Justice fights to end labor trafficking whether in the form of individualized cruelty or systemic, structural coercion. In 2014, together with co-counsel, Towards Justice filed a class action lawsuit against the GEO Group, Inc. (GEO), which operates a 1,500 bed immigrant detention facility in Aurora, CO. The suit, brought by civil detainees who worked for GEO for either $1 per day or for no wages at all and under threat of solitary confinement, alleges that GEO violated state law and federal prohibitions against forced labor. Towards Justice represents the plaintiffs with co-counsel Outten & Golden LLP, The Kelman Buescher Firm, Milstein Law Office, Law Office of R. Andrew Free, and The Meyer Law Office, PC.

Case Documents

Class Certification Ruling

Tenth Circuit Order Affirming Class Certification

District Court Denial of Motion to Dismiss

Our Tenth Circuit Brief

Press Releases

2/9/2018 The Tenth Circuit Upholds Class Certification in Immigrant Detainees’ Forced Labor Case against The GEO Group, Inc.

7/8/2015 Landmark Ruling: Immigrant Detainees’ Class Action Claims For Forced Labor, Unjust Enrichment May Proceed Against The GEO Group, Inc.

Press

4/4/2018 When Migrants Are Treated Like Slaves

11/30/2017 New Report Questions Detainee Labor Compensation at Private Prisons

11/21/2017 Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom

6/22/2017 Ex-detainees: Detention center’s practices border on slavery

6/9/2017 The Use of Forced Labor in Private Immigration Detention Centers

4/11/2017 Lawsuit May Set Precedent On Forced Immigrant Labor In Private Prisons

4/3/2017 How a Private Prison Company Used Detained Immigrants for Free Labor

3/8/2017 Class Certification Granted in Detention Center Lawsuit

3/7/2017 Can for-profit prisons force detained immigrants to work?

3/5/2017 A Colorado judge just granted 62,000 former immigrant detainees the right to sue GEO Group over forced labor, enrichment

3/5/2017 Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

3/3/2017 About 60,000people now involved in lawsuit claiming forced labor at Aurora immigration detention center

3/2/2017 Class action suit: Immigrants held in Aurora required to work for $1 aa day, threatened with solitary if refused

3/1/2017 Forced to work? 60,000 undocumented immigrants may sue detention center

2/28/2017 Prison Slavery: Over 50,000 Detainees Claim Forced Labor, Sue Private Prison Company

2/28/2017 Forced labor dispute: Detained immigrants suing a private prison company over forced labor move forward with groundbreaking class action

2/27/2017 Detainees Sue Private Prison for ‘Forced Labor’

2/27/2017 Judge OKs Class of 50K Detainees In TVPA Suit Against GEO

8/5/2015 Prison Co. Seeks Reconsideration In Detainee Labor Suit

7/23/2015 At Low Pay, Government Hires Immigrants Held At Detention Centers

7/15/2015 Judge OKs forced labor lawsuit against detention center contractor

7/10/2015 Private Prison Company Forced Immigrants To Work For Free, Lawsuit Says

7/8/2015 GEO Lawsuit Alleging Forced Labor of Immigrant Detainees Moves Forward

10/31/2014 Detention Center Forced Immigrants To Work For $1 Per Day Or Face Solitary Confinement Lawsuit Says

10/27/2014 Colorado Immigrant Detainees’ Labor Claims May Be Part of National Issue

10/23/2014 Lawsuit Accuses Aurora private prison of paying immigrants $1 a day

10/23/2014 Immigrant Detainees In Colorado Suing Prison Company Over Labor Practices

10/23/2014 GEO Sued for Minimum Wage and Forced Labor Law Violations, and Unjust Enrichment

10/23/2014 Lawsuit accuses Aurora immigrant jail of forcing inmates to work

Spanish Language Press

7/24/2015 Dan luz verde a demanda contra centro de detencion GEO en Aurora

Immigrants sue GEO detention center

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Our litigators help workers advance legal claims that address systemic injustice. We use antitrust, anti-slavery, fraud, wage-and-hour, and common-law challenges to address the wide variety of practices that nickel-and-dime low-wage workers out of their hard-earned wages. We have represented a hundred thousand childcare workers alleging wage suppression, tens of thousands of immigrant detainees alleging forced labor, and hundreds of construction workers, shepherds, manicurists, janitors, and kitchen hood cleaners. We are leaders in challenging anti-competitive practices that reduce worker bargaining power and support marginalized people who challenge structural impediments to their advancement.

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