Embracing Diversity & Inclusion


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At GEO, we believe that diversity in our workforce and the inclusion of a variety of views, perspectives, and backgrounds are integral parts of our company's success. This unique mixture in the workforce provides unlimited ideas, increases productivity and innovative solutions for our clients and those we serve.

We believe that work is more than a place you go every day. It is a place of professional growth, exploration, creativity, and interpersonal relationships. It is about being inspired and motivated to achieve extraordinary things. We want our people to take pride in their work and in maintaining a safe and secure environment. After all, it is the combined talents, skills, knowledge, experience and expertise of every one of our employees that makes us who we are.

Our employees around the globe live and work in the communities we call home. In this geographically diverse environment, we learn from each other and share those lessons within and outside our communities.

The inclusion of all employees makes our teams more effective, enhances communication among other people of different backgrounds and experiences, and creates an atmosphere that benefits from the talents and capabilities of our diverse workforce. Inclusion through recruiting, hiring, developing, training and promoting employees of all genders, races, religions, ages, sexual orientations, and physical abilities is essential to our success.

The result of our desire to be diverse and inclusive creates a company culture that is ever more collaborative. Our employees are increasingly more enthusiastic about their work because they are sharing ideas across departments and divisions in inspiring new ways.

GEO Diversity Programs:


2020 Diversity in Leadership Award Recipient – Thatiana H. Tavarez

2020 Diversity in Leadership Award Recipient – Thatiana H. Tavarez

Congratulation to Thatiana H. Tavarez on being selected as one of the two 2020 Diversity in Leadership Award Recipients. Ms. Tavarez has dedicated her time, skills, and experience to GEO for 10 years, as noted in the testimonies of several of her peers. The scope of her leadership and strength in her abilities allows her to outshine others as she works creatively with the diverse population found in the Miami area.

Thatiana has also worked extensively within the community to provide assistance to the underserved and create a positive community presence for GEO. During her tenure, Ms. Tavarez has obtained five Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) that establish long-term connections with GEO and community partners. In 2018, by working with ISAP leadership, Thatiana ran a pilot program called “Know your Rights”. This program, contracted by an immigration attorney, was designed to help participants navigate the legal system. Because it was such a success, the program was adopted nationwide by 53 other ISAP locations and ultimately written into the next ISAP contract by the Department of Homeland Security.

In 2020, Ms. Tavarez’s compassion for program participants, led her to help launch a brand new congressionally funded program for ISAP known as Wraparound Services. Through the established program, participants who have suffered significant trauma are able to connect with community providers and receive resources. Thatiana has also established a system for this program that coordinates all services, in addition to the tracking and measurement of standards. To ensure success of the program she also provided training to three other offices which led to approximately 100 individual referrals. Thank you, Thatiana, for your leadership and for furthering the GEO mission!



2020 Diversity in Leadership Award Recipient – Jamie Flores

2020 Diversity in Leadership Award Recipient – Jamie Flores

Congratulation to Jamie Flores on being selected as one of the two 2020 Diversity in Leadership Award Recipients. Ms. Flores’ most noteworthy achievement was evident during the recent contract renewal process when the U.S. Marshals (USMS) stated that one of their primary reasons for renewing the contract was knowing Ms. Flores was in charge of transportation and had always performed exceptionally for the U.S. Marshals, allowing USMS inmates to always be on time for court appearances. 

Jamie is also a huge supporter of needy children. It is a well-known fact in her neighborhood that she maintains an open-door policy for any child that is hungry or may need a place to spend the night. In 2019, Ms. Flores opened her home to a senior year high school student who required assistance. She provided guidance, a place to sleep, a loving home, and food to eat so that he could complete his senior year and graduate from high school. 

Graduating high school as a single parent, Ms. Flores continued her studies and went on to obtain a college degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Corrections. 

Even in her everyday life, Ms. Flores has mastered the art of transportation. By choice, due to expensive housing and real estate in San Diego, Ms. Flores resides 123 miles away from her place of employment, the Western Region Detention Facility. Her daily commute starts at 3am for her to arrive punctually. At the end of the day she makes the 123-mile trip to return to her husband and family. Thank you, Jamie, for your leadership and dedication!



GEO is Recognized as a 2020 Women on Boards Winning Company

GEO is Recognized as a 2020 Women on Boards Winning Company

In 2018, 2020 Women on Boards recognized The GEO Group as a Winning Company for its commitment to Board Diversity. Winning Companies champion board diversity by having 20% or more of their board seats held by women. 2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20% by 2020.

The GEO Group currently has six Board Members, two of whom are women. These two experienced and talented women are Board members Anne N. Foreman and Julie Myers Wood.


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