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By Gin Armstrong , Molly Gott and Derek Seidman

In recent weeks, the Trump administration’s cruel policy of separating children from their parents who are detained at the U.S.-Mexico border dominated news headlines. Disturbing images and audio clips from processing centers and shelters housing children generated mass outrage among millions of people and numerous elected officials. More than 2,300 children that have been separated from their parents linger in shelters like the former Walmart in Brownsville, Texas, which houses around 1,500 children and has come to symbolize the larger story.

After days of intensifying public pressure and outcry, the Trump administration finally decided yesterday to end its policy of family separation, though families will remain in detention indefinitely. Nor does Trump’s order address what will happen to the children who have already been separated from their parents.

Against this backdrop, there has been increasing concern over who exactly has been profiting from these policies that incarcerate immigrant families. Who are the companies, investors, banks, and top executives that stand to make money – or are already profiting – off of the zero tolerance and family separation and indefinite detention policies? And more importantly, can they be pressured to end their complicity with and enabling of Trump’s inhumane immigration policies?

Campaigns like Sleeping Giants have been working hard to uncover and circulate this information, and articles like David Dayen’s recent piece in the Nation have further unraveled the web of interests profiting from this carceral machine. This article builds upon these efforts to identify some of the major profiteers from the incarceration of immigrant families based on what we know right now.

These profiteers fall into several categories: for-profit private prison companies like CoreCivic and GEO Group that operate family and adult detention centers, and non-profits like Southwest Key Programs that operate child detention centers; contractors that provide support services to this process, such as MVM and General Dynamics, which provide IT, transportation, case management, and other logistical services; and on top of it all, Wall Street banks like Wells Fargo, as well as major money managers like BlackRock and Vanguard, which are financing and investing in all of these companies.

A broad effort to hold the companies and individuals accountable that are enabling and profiting from Trump’s immigration policy is not only moral – it’s strategic. As Dayen writes, without these contractors providing essential support, ICE’s “whole rickety structure will fall on itself.” Profiteers such as GEO Group and CoreCivic need to be named, shamed, and pressured directly as they begin to reap the spoils of prolonged family incarceration. But beyond that, the political, social, and financial relationships on which they depend need to be targeted and disrupted.

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Brian Shaw

Growing up

Brian Shaw is an American Professional Strongman competitor and a four time World’s Strongest Man winner. Shaw is the only person to ever win all of the following competitions: World’s Strongest Man, Arnold Classic Strongman and America’s Strongest Man. Standing at 6’8” and weighing over 400 pounds/180 KG, he is also one of the largest athletes in the world.

Brian was born and raised in the small town of Fort Lupton, Colorado. He was born to parents that gave him a jump on being much larger than average size. His parents Jay and Bonnie Shaw both came from families with size and, without a doubt, that size was passed on to Brian. Brian has an older brother (Kevin) and a younger sister (Julie). Growing up with his older brother, especially, Brian always had to show his will to win and compete with his brother in everything imaginable. He showed from an early age his competitiveness and desire to win at everything and that would prove to carry over into all aspects of his life as he got older.


Brian had a goal from when he was young to earn a scholarship to play basketball in college. He had an uncle that was a basketball coach and that helped Brian along the way as he got older to excel at the game of basketball. Through all of his hard work and dedication, he was able to earn a scholarship to play in college at both Otero Junior College and Black Hills State University where he graduated with a degree in Wellness Management. Brian went on to pursue a career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and passed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the NSCA. He has since had the opportunity to work with different athletes at all levels and his passion for helping athletes to improve themselves has never changed.

Strongman career

After Brian finished playing basketball in college he shifted his focus to training harder and trying to get stronger. Without a competitive outlet something was missing and at this point Brian decided to enter a local Colorado Strongman competition without any formal strongman training. He won! From there he was hooked on Strongman and entered every competition he could, started training more specifically and began to build up his personal strongman equipment so he could train more specifically for the events. Brian set the goal of earning his pro card which he accomplished 7 months after his first contest. He then set the goal of becoming a good professional strongman and qualifying for his first World’s Strongest Man contest which he achieved in 2008. He then set his sights on winning the World’s Strongest Man which he achieved in 2011 and has been able to accomplish an additional 3 times in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Family Life

Brian currently lives in Brighton, Colorado with his wife Keri and son Braxton. Keri is a high school math teacher who also runs which is a website dedicated to helping mothers and women get into shape in the comfort of their home. Brian and Keri welcomed their first son Braxton to the world in 2016 and he has added so much to both of their lives. They enjoy spending time with each other and having as much fun with life as they possibly can.

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