Last Friday’s Executive Order issued by President Trump suspending the U.S. refugee admission program was a terrible disappointment to all of us who recognize the moral obligation to help people fleeing from persecution.
We are a School that’s dedicated to engaging with people from all over the world to improve health. We know that openness, humility and respect—not closed doors—are the best means for solving problems. That’s why the Executive Order issued by President Trump suspending the U.S. refugee admission program requires a public health response.
My heart goes out to members of our School community affected by the order. Our School and our University stand firmly with our students, staff and faculty. If you are a member of the School community who has questions about visa and other immigration issues, please reach out to the Office of International Services (OIS) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Associate Dean Mike Ward and Executive Vice Dean Laura Morlock are available for students and faculty, respectively. My door is always open as well.
Last Friday, more than two dozen Bloomberg School faculty and I sent President Trump an asking him not to sign such a restrictive order. Today, Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels shared a powerful, personal response to the order in an email to the Hopkins community.
Tomorrow, the School is hosting a symposium entitled, The Executive Order on Refugees: An Emerging Public Health Crisis. Len Rubenstein, Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health, and Conflict in the School’s Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and other experts will discuss the current health status of refugees and displaced people in Iraq and Syria, the consequences of the order, and what should be done.
Please see the details below. I hope you can join us for this important event.
Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Executive Order on Refugees: An Emerging Public Health Crisis
Thursday, Feb. 2
Event begins promptly at 3 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m., EST
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sommer Hall – Room E2014
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
- Zaher Sahloul, MD, past president, Syrian American Medical Society and Advisory Committee; Advisory Board member, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Bloomberg School
- David Rocah, JD, senior staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland
- Len Rubenstein, JD, senior scientist, Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Bloomberg School
- Nancy Kass, ScD, the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Bloomberg School; deputy director for public health, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
- Courtland Robinson, PhD, associate professor, Center for Humanitarian Health, Bloomberg School
- Gilbert Burnham, MD, professor, Center for Humanitarian Health, Bloomberg School
- Shannon Doocy, PhD, associate professor, Center for Humanitarian Health, Bloomberg School