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Immigration Law

More Lawsuits Filed Against Private Immigration Prisons

Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, Dec. 30, 2017 - "Immigrants in detention in San Diego are suing a private prison company, alleging exploitation and forced labor that their attorneys say breaks human trafficking laws. The class-action lawsuit, filed Wednesday in San Diego federal court, alleges that immigrants at Otay Mesa Detention Center are paid at most $1.50 per day, and sometimes not paid at all, for their work as kitchen staff, janitors, barbers and various other roles. It further alleges that the facility doesn’t provide all of the basic necessities that detainees need for daily life, like soap, which means they have to work in order to buy those items at the commissary."

Burns Charest LLP, Dec. 19, 2017- "Thousands of detained immigrants are forced to work for only $1 per day in violation of minimum wage and forced labor laws, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed today by Burns Charest LLP and the Law Office of R. Andrew Free. The lawsuit alleges that the nation’s largest private prison company, the GEO Group, Inc. (“GEO”), violates state and federal law by forcing immigration detainees to clean, maintain, and operate the Adelanto Detention Center. According to the complaint, GEO withholds daily necessities from its detainees to coerce them to work for $1 per day. But for this scheme, GEO would have to hire non-detainee workers and pay them the state-mandated minimum wage, which is currently $10.50 per hour."