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Migrant Detention: Multiple Complaints Filed
Posted on 14 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Detained Leaders file simultaneous federal complaints against ICE, GEO Group & MTC "Today, a collective of leaders and individuals detained at multiple facilities in California, filed two simultaneous complaints to the Department of Homeland... Read More

Tags: detention , geo , ICE

Federal Jury Verdict: GEO Must Pay Minimum Wage to ICE Prisoners
Posted on 28 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State AG Bob Ferguson, Oct. 27, 2021 "In a victory for Washington, a federal jury determined that GEO Group Inc. (GEO), the for-profit operator of the Northwest ICE Processing Center, violates Washington’s minimum wage laws by... Read More

Documentary Exposes GEO's Immigration Jail Near Denver
Posted on 11 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Facility" Trailer "“The Facility” is a short documentary film chronicling the lived experiences of immigrants being held at the GEO detention facility in Aurora, Colorado. This film addresses the personal loss and consequences... Read More

Tags: Denver , detention , geo , aurora

CA9 (2-1) on Cal. AB 32: GEO Group v. Newsom
Posted on 5 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GEO Group v. Newsom "In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB 32, that phases out all private detention facilities within the state. But because of seasonal and other fluctuations in immigration, the United States Immigration... Read More

ICE, Detention, COVID & GEO: Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
Posted on 21 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CA9, Feb. 18, 2021, Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "Plaintiffs, civil immigration detainees housed at Mesa Verde Detention Facility and Yuba County Jail (collectively, the Facilities), filed a class petition for writ of habeas corpus, and a class complaint... Read More

Tags: detention , geo , COVID-19 , ICE

"Straight Up Dishonesty" - Judge Orders ICE to Depopulate Adelanto
Posted on 16 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Read Judge Hatter's Oct. 15, 2020 Order here , especially pages 2-3: "The Court has been concerned for some time with the lack of candor exhibited by the Government and its counsel in this case. Counsel for Petitioners-Plaintiffs have, also,... Read More

Zepeda Rivas TRO (COVID-19 Testing)
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings "The defendants, having responded to the health crisis in such a cavalier fashion (even in the face of litigation and a string of court orders), have lost the credibility to complain that the relief requested by the plaintiffs... Read More

Tags: geo , COVID-19 , ICE

ICE Deliberately Limited COVID-19 Testing at Bakersfield Immigration Jail
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 6, 2020 "Last month, as the coronavirus spread through federal immigration detention centers around the country, officials at the Mesa Verde facility in Bakersfield rejected a suggestion to test all detainees... Read More

Tags: geo , COVID-19 , ICE

ICE Officials Knew Dollar/Day Wages Lacked Congressional Authorization
Posted on 22 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jacqueline Stevens, June 22, 2020 E-mail ICE Fought to Keep Secret for Six Years May Clinch Minimum Wage Claims against Private Prisons "For the last ten years I've been conducting research on the history and legality of Immigration and Customs... Read More

GEO Group Takes a Hit in TVPA, Colo. Unjust Enrichment Class Action: Menocal v. GEO
Posted on 10 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Menocal v. GEO, Feb. 9, 2018 - "This appeal addresses whether immigration detainees housed in a private contract detention facility in Aurora, Colorado (the “Aurora Facility”) may bring claims as a class under (1) 18 U.S.C. § 1589... Read More

More Lawsuits Filed Against Private Immigration Prisons
Posted on 31 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

GEO Sued for Minimum Wage and Forced Labor Law Violations, and Unjust Enrichment
Posted on 23 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Yesterday, Alejandro Menoca, Marcos Brambila, Grisel Xahuentitla, Hugo Hernandez, Lourdes, Argueta, Jesus Gaytan, Olga Alexaklina, Dagaberto Vizguerra, and Demetrio Valerga on their own behalf and others similarly situated filed a complaint informing... Read More

CCA, GEO Spend Millions Lobbying Congress for Immigration Prison Contracts; Profits Soar
Posted on 17 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Contrary to private prison corporation claims that they do not lobby on issues related to immigration policy, between 2008 and 2014, CCA spent $10,560,000 in quarters where they lobbied on issues related to immigrant detention and immigration reform... Read More

Groups Slam ICE Selection of GEO Group for Detention Management Contract
Posted on 18 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA Doc. No. 15091830, Sept. 18, 2015 - "Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association... Read More

Tags: contract , detention , geo , aila , ICE

Calls for probe of GEO Group immigration jail in Queens
Posted on 9 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The city public advocate is joining several Queens elected officials in another call to the federal government to stop its association with a private group that has been running a controversial immigration detention center in southeast Queens... Read More

Tags: detention , queens , geo