Each year, dozens of volunteers show up at the Customs and Border Patrol Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry, WV, for the last of the HSI Junior Cadet Program’s field exercises. The cadets are selected by the child-life specialists at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. The aim is to teach them what it takes to become a federal agent. Most of these children have endured life-threatening illnesses, chemotherapy or a barrage of other invasive treatments. But all of that is part of another world as they maneuver through this final stretch of their two months of training. The cadets, though, aren’t the only ones who benefit from the program. Their inner strength and determination uplifts every volunteer from every walk who witnesses it—ICE, the Customs and Border Patrol, MedStar and the foundation. Fully funded by the foundation, the HSI Junior Cadet Program has become the success that it is—quantifiable by the number of young lives it’s helped renew—because of the endless energy and compassion displayed by the volunteers. Though they’re likely to say the same of the cadets.


Our nation’s safety depends on proactive partnerships between federal, state and local law enforcement. Actionable intelligence travels as often through formal channels as it does those partnerships. The ICE Foundation’s invitation-only Awareness Receptions are designed to develop and nurture relationships between our country’s law enforcement professionals. We host them throughout the country, often in conjunction with large annual conferences, such as those by the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.


What exactly does ICE do? When was US Customs founded? How many presidents have ICE in their legacy? These questions and plenty of others can be answered by a number of museum exhibits that chronicle such history. The ICE Foundation is a proud sponsor of several of them. And we’re actively seeking opportunities to help educate the American public about the rich history of federal law enforcement and ICE’s legacy within it.

Effective December 31, 2018, the Board of the ICE Foundation recently voted to officially close down the foundation and cease all operations.  However, an entirely new and separate organization, the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council, has been created and will take up many of the positive legacy programs of the former ICE Foundation.  The Homeland Security Philanthropy Council will be similar to the ICE Foundation but will assume a broader remit to assist law enforcement agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. ICE Foundation Executive Director James Barchiesi and several ICE Foundation Board members will help with the transition and continue their philanthropic efforts by supporting the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council.  However, it is important to clarify that the ICE Foundation will sunset at the end of 2018 and that the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council will be a new entity without any official connection to the former ICE Foundation. The ICE Foundation Board members would like to sincerely thank the many generous supporters of the ICE Foundation who have assisted our efforts over the years to support the ICE mission and the men and women of ICE and their families.

For further information about the Homeland Security Philanthropy Council please see their website