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Detainees may proceed with class action suit

Workers in Florida and elsewhere may not be forced to labor without compensation. Nine detainees at a facility in Aurora, Colorado, claim that they were forced to clean under a housing unit sanitation policy. The suit claims that the workers would be threatened with solitary confinement if they didn't agree to work without compensation, which they claim is in violation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The site is run by the GEO Group, Inc. It contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to do so. The nine detainees had requested that they lead a class-action suit for roughly 60,000 people who had been held at the facility over the past 10 years. A lower court agreed, but the company appealed the ruling. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld the ruling but said that it was not commenting on whether the claim would be successful when heard again at the lower level.

Those who are seeking asylum or who are otherwise refugees within the United States may be entitled to legal status. However, they may be detained by the government until their status can be clarified. Those who believe that their rights were violated while in immigration detention may want to talk with an attorney to seek financial compensation and other relief.

In addition to looking into claims of mistreatment while detained, it may be possible for an attorney to help them obtain legal status. This might be the result of having an asylum request granted. In some cases, an undocumented immigrant may be able to get a stay of deportation, which provides enough time for an individual to obtain a temporary visa or permanent residence within the country.

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