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#shutdownadelanto is an example of the perverse financial incentives at play in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention system.
The Adelanto Detention Facility (Adelanto) is an example of the perverse financial incentives at play in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention system. The facility has been detaining people since 2011 when the City of Adelanto entered into a contract with ICE and the GEO Group Inc (GEO) to detain 975 people. At the time, the City of Adelanto was suffering from budget shortfalls and saw the contract with ICE as an economic opportunity. However, like other local governments, the city found that the contract for ICE detention did not generate long-term revenue, keeping it at the brink of bankruptcy. Since then, ICE has expanded the facility to detain 2,690 people, making the Adelanto Detention Facility the largest ICE detention center in the United States.
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We are now preparing to launch the [#DelistGEO & #DivestGEO] campaign which will focus on exposing the horrors that have occurred at the hands of GEO and aims to plumett the stock value for its stock holdings. Since 2017 the stock market value for GEO corporation has steadily plummeted, millions of dollars in value, and investor funds have been lost due and will likely never be regained.
Deaths at the hands of GEO, medical neglect to its detainees, shady political maneuvering, and accusations of corruption at a local level have led to negative press, disinvestment, and cashing out by investors trying to protect their assets (or cut their losses).
In 1994 they became a publicly traded company, opening at $1. In June of 2017, they hit their highest value at $33.30. However, the GEO Group stock started a downward trend where their value is now at $6.
We refuse to stand idly by while GEO profits in the millions of dollars and immigrants held are suffering. This campaign will not end until GEO is fully delisted from the stock exchange and will escalate to call for an end to private prisons and private detention facilities in the United States and set a precedent worldwide that the time for profiteering from private prisons must come to an end.
People inside of the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, run by GEO group, have been protesting their incarceration and demanding to be released through hunger strikes, work stoppages, and sit-ins.
Their demands are that 1) ICE release everyone starting with those most vulnerable to COVID-19. 2) While incarceration takes place ICE and GEO must provide safe housing, protective gear, and medical attention.
Instead of mitigating the spread, ICE and GEO are continuing to put people’s lives at risk by using harmful practices. In May, Freedom for Immigrants and Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice submitted a complaint to the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, after receiving reports from people detained in Adelanto that harmful and irresponsible use of a chemical called HDQ was causing major physical harm. Reports have been similar in Florida, Colorado, and Washington.
On June 19th, 2020 the Desert Sun reported that ICE transferred 3 people who tested positive from coronavirus from a Blythe Prison, which has had the worst COVID-19 outbreak in CA, to the Adelanto ICE Processing Center.
Thousands of doctors and advocates have also been urgently sounding the alarm to release people from detention since early March, knowing that the detention system is notorious for its fatally flawed medical care and abysmal conditions that only worsen in times of crisis. We cannot let more time pass by, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can and should release all people from detention immediately.
Communities Not Cages
This campaign amplifies local communities, coming together to build a coordinated strategy to stop the expansion and fight the closure of detention centers. This campaign builds on the collective vision of placing people over profits and defending respect and dignity for all. In 2019, CA recognized that predatory private prison companies had a track record of treating people like commodities and must be driven out of this state. AB 32 (people not profits) was passed thanks to community led advocacy but since then ICE has been working to circumvent and even expand its facilities!
Adelanto officials have lacked transparency and have even prioritized relationships and shady deals with private prison corporations like the GEO Group. This long-standing relationship has failed to bring the Adelanto community out of poverty and instead has become a drain. Now advocates are working together to support localities demanding investments in their communities not in cages!
Adelanto Toxic Tour
May 27th, 2021 marked 10 years since the GEO group entered a contract with the city of Adelanto to incarcerate immigrants on behalf of ICE. GEO’s for-profit facilities are a threat to the lives of immigrants and the local community in Adelanto. Immigrants detained in Adelanto have been subject to abuse and mistreatment. Last year, GEO Group used a pesticide called HDQ in their failed attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This resulted in people detained to have health impacts such as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue but also respiratory illnesses, bloody noses, gastrointestinal tract problems, and worsening mental health. This was on top of already horrific conditions including lack of medical care, and food and water contamination. This further proves why we need city officials to prioritize wellbeing with their community, not their relationship with the GEO group!
The Adelanto Toxic Tour video series by CCAEJ and IC4IJ address the environmental racism the community of Adelanto is currently facing. With a majority population of Latinxs and Blacks, the city of Adelanto is home to a Superfund site, logistical centers, and carceral facilities that have resulted in poor air quality, water contamination, and serious public health issues.
VOTE for GEO Group in the Corporate Hall of Shame
For over two years I was detained in the Adelanto Detention Facility owned by the for profit company GEO Corporation. My friends and cell mates are still facing anxiety attacks, rashes, nightmares, and a number of medical impacts due to their inhumane treatment and retaliation for attempting to speak out.
To make matters worse, a few months after I finally won my release, an individual I met while inside passed away 3 days after GEO discharged him in the hospital.
The fact is, to call it torture is an understatement from my view. GEO Group has profited hundreds of millions of dollars and the company is worth billions globally. They are morally corrupt and take advantage of an immigration system that still heavily relies on detaining and criminalizing immigrants.
I worked with the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice and Freedom for Immigrants to expose the use of chemicals to poison immigrants that were detained. We not only filed a complaint, but the story received national coverage, led to congressional hearings and an independent EPA investigation that confirmed they have been poisoning immigrants for 10 years.
Since its founding, GEO has done nothing but destroy the lives of immigrants in custody. Now, the pressure is mounting. Their stocks have plummeted and the lawsuits are piling up.
Help us expose the GEO Group Corporation and challenge their standing. Vote for GEO in the corporate hall of shame and help us build the campaign to shut down their operations across the country.