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Johns Hopkins Ends ICE Contracts

September 20, 2019

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Center for Law Enforcement Medicine will not renew its long-standing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a spokesperson said Thursday. For two decades, the center has provided emergency medical response training and medical direction to federal law enforcement personnel -- including ICE since 2004. The ICE contracts were part of what prompted students to protest on campus starting in April and eventually take over an administration building.

“In keeping with our core missions of education and patient care, this program trains emergency medical personnel and develops protocols for law enforcement officers to provide immediate medical response to individuals in need,” the university said in a statement, and the officers “we train work to combat a diverse array of criminal activity, including human rights violations, human smuggling and trafficking, and transnational gang activity.”

After “careful and deliberate consideration,” however, the university is now negotiating a transition period to allow for a “safe and orderly wrap up of the medical programs. We look forward to continuing to support the law enforcement community through meaningful work to ensure the safety of officers and the entire communities with whom they interact.”

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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