The High Price of Freedom for Migrants in Detention

Critics accuse Libre, which, as its C.E.O., Mike Donovan, told the Washington Post, makes thirty million dollars per year, of preying on the vulnerable. Multiple states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have probed its business practices amid allegations of fraud. (The company has denied any wrongdoing.) Hallie Ryan, a legal-aid attorney in Virginia, says that many detainees don’t understand Libre’s contract or its implications. As she sees it, the clients are “desperate to get out of detention to rejoin with their families. They’ll agree to anything, and they do.” Continue reading