One Dollar Per Day: The Slaving Wages of Immigration Detention

Published: March 20, 2017

The Political Science Department and the Center for Values and Social Policy are generously co-sponsoring a public talk by Professor Jackie Stevens of Northwestern.

When: Wednesday, March 22, at 5:30PM

Where: Hellems 199

The talk is entitled "One Dollar Per Day: The Slaving Wages of Immigration Detention." Prof. Stevens will discuss how private prison firms force those in their custody under immigration laws to work for $1/day or no pay, and explain the labor and other laws this violates. She also will discuss a recent Colorado federal court decision allowing immigrants to sue the GEO prison firm in Aurora.

Jackie Stevens is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and Director of the Deportation Research Clinic at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at NU. She is coming to Colorado as part of her ongoing lawsuit against ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) regarding its exploitation of detainees' labor in the Aurora, Colorado detention center.

Prof. Stevens’ research and litigation on this topic has been featured in the Washington Post, and she has been a recent guest on Charlie Rose, NPR’s The Takeaway and To the Point.

You can read more about the lawsuit and her work here:

This talk is for the general public, and will be accessible to undergrads and nonspecialists.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Michaele L. Ferguson at

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