- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - About 62,000 people who were held at an Aurora immigration detention center and required to work for as little as $1 a day have joined together in a class-action lawsuit.

The Denver Post reported Thursday (https://dpo.st/2lHzlI7 ) that that the detainees have been certified as a class in their lawsuit alleging violations of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The lawsuit accuses GEO Group, the operator of the 1,500-bed Aurora Detention Facility, of forcing detainees to work as they awaited possible deportation. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act makes forced labor and slavery illegal, among other things.

A GEO spokesman says its work program is voluntary and complies with Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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