The venerated charity is one of the largest providers of drug rehab in the United States. Now former participants are demanding wages for uncompensated “work therapy” at thrift stores.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate, citing Reveal’s project on unpaid work at rehabs.
He’s a liar, a killer and a wannabe country singer. Luke Austin creates Cenikor in the image of a cult. But graft and violence nearly destroy it.
At 300 rehabs across the country, the main form of addiction treatment is work. And the participants rarely get paid.
Despite deadly injuries and multiple investigations into illegal labor practices, work-based rehabs are an American growth industry.
Amid the opioid crisis, we uncover a type of rehab that flourishes by turning thousands of people desperate for treatment into an unpaid labor force.
A top Arkansas senator used unpaid rehab workers at his plastics factory. Now, participants have been awarded more than $1.1 million in back wages.
At a Cenikor drug rehab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residents were given two days to find a place to live. Some became homeless.
A Reveal exposé found that the drug rehab has sent thousands of patients to work without pay at hundreds of for-profit companies over the years.
“Cenikor has turned patients struggling with addiction into a pool of unpaid, forced labor,” according to one of the suits.