Response from GEO Group to allegations of forced & underpaid labour in detention centres
The federal government sets the performance-based national detention standards which govern the Voluntary Work Program at all ICE Processing Centers... This is not and has never been a program implemented unilaterally by service providers like GEO. Furthermore, the wage rates associated with this federal government program are established under long-established guidelines set by the United States Congress... Any allegation that individuals, in ICE Processing Centers, are retaliated against or have to volunteer to work in order to have access to, or pay for, basic hygiene products or food is completely baseless and demonstrably false. Hygiene products are provided to individuals in ICE Processing Centers managed by GEO on demand, upon request, and free of charge... The ICE Processing Centers GEO manages deliver high quality food services with three daily meals, free of charge.