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Beyond Do No Harm Principles for Health Care Providers to Interrupt Criminalization

This document was developed by the Beyond Do No Harm Network, a group of health care providers, public health workers, impacted community members, and organizers working across racial, gender, reproductive, migrant and disability justice, drug policy, sex worker, and anti-HIV criminalization movements to inspire a recommitment to the ethical values of health care provision and principles of public health. They understand criminalization to be inherently harmful. Acts by health care providers and public health workers that facilitate, contribute to, condone or otherwise enable criminalization are therefore inconsistent with their commitment to their highest ethical obligations – do no harm. They contextualize the need for this call to action, describe how people in health care and public health spaces participate in criminalization, and offer thirteen principles for supporting people’s agency, self-determination, dignity, and general wellbeing.

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