Update on Ukraine
Please check out the HIAS Ukraine Crisis Response page, which includes how to donate and our useful Ukraine FAQ page. The needs have never been greater with civilian refugees being attacked by the Russian army.
Over 2.5 people have fled Ukraine since the invasion, with over 60% going to Poland and the remaining heading to Moldova, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. The UN estimates that millions more will flee and 12 million will be forcibly displaced within Ukraine. Here’s just a snippet of what HIAS has done so far:
- Partnership in Ukraine: Directly fund and cover international communications for our partner R2P (formerly the HIAS Ukraine office) so that it can focus on supporting millions of internally displaced people within the country.
- Partnerships Outside of Ukraine: HIAS formed multiple partnerships in Poland, Moldova, and Slovakia to house, feed, and treat refugees of *all* backgrounds, including working with the Chief Orthodox Rabbi of Poland and the world-renowned JCC of Krakow, which has transformed its campus into refugee housing. We’re also mobilizing Europe’s Jewish community continent-wide to spearhead Ukrainian resettlement.
- Advocacy: We successfully secured Temporary Protected Status for Ukrainians, ensuring that no one will be deported to Ukraine, as well as Biden Administration and Congress just provided a great deal of essential funds for humanitarian response in Ukraine and surrounding countries, we are asking them to also commit to resettlement, particularly for people who have close family ties in the United States. We are asking the Biden Administration to do their part in resettling Ukrainians, which they have yet to explain how they will handle.
- We’re also continuing our decades-long practice of fighting hypocrisy and racism in both the policies and rhetoric of non-white refugees that have been on full display since the invasion began.
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VP Development: Miriam Feffer
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HIAS is committed to proactively responding to emergencies and assisting displaced populations including refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people. These emergencies are complex, arising out of conflict or political upheaval, natural disasters, and the worsening effects of climate change.
HIAS provides lifesaving assistance to refugees across the world, from food assistance for Sudanese refugees in Chad; defending the rights of Syrian and Afghan refugees in Greece; to leading the humanitarian response to the migration crisis in Venezuela. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HIAS quickly mobilized to provide needed cash-based and voucher assistance to refugees with urgent protection needs across a number of countries. HIAS also responded to the earthquake in Ecuador in 2016, and provided psychosocial support in Panama in the aftermath of Hurricane Iota in 2020.
In recent years, HIAS has expanded emergency preparedness and response capacity throughout the organization. A new Emergency Response Department has already played a pivotal role in HIAS’ ability to respond to emergencies like the fall of Afghanistan, leveraging a national affiliate network to welcome thousands of Afghan refugees. Your support can help HIAS respond quickly and effectively as our world rapidly changes.
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