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Health Service Corps
"We provide compassionate medical attention to the men and women in ICE’s care."

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps (IHSC) provides direct care daily to approximately 15,300 detainees housed at 20 designated facilities throughout the nation. The health care provided includes medical, dental and mental health care, and public health services. IHSC also provides medical case management and oversight for an additional 22,600 detainees housed at approximately 112 non-IHSC staffed detention facilities daily across the country. In addition, IHSC oversees the financial authorization and payment for off-site specialty and emergency care services for detainees in ICE custody.

The ICE detainee population is approximately 34,000 detainees on a daily basis, with an average length of stay of approximately 30 days, surpassing 400,000 detainees annually. IHSC also provides medical support during ICE enforcement operations in the air, on the ground and at sea.

ICE Health Service Corps also provides medical support during air and sea operations through the IHSC Special Medical Operations Unit. This unit consists of specially trained PHS officers who, in addition to meeting the medical needs of detainees, serve as liaisons between law enforcement officials and other key stakeholders.

IHSC is committed to providing health care services to detained individuals involved in immigration proceedings, supporting ICE apprehension, enforcement and removal operations, and improving national and global public health.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/14/2020