REFUGEE CRISIS IN UKRAINE
On February 24, 2022, Russia began a military invasion of Ukraine, sparking the fastest growing refugee and humanitarian crisis within Europe since World War II. Around 6 million Ukrainians have fled their homes.
On March 24, the White House announced that the US will welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing the armed conflict. On April 21, President Biden announced “Uniting for Ukraine” – a program allowing people forced to flee Ukraine to seek safe haven in the US, but only with support from a US sponsor. The federal government will vet and approve the applications of sponsors and Ukrainians seeking humanitarian parole. Learn more at Welcome.US.
International Institute of Los Angeles is monitoring the situation and working under the guidance of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security to provide Ukrainians with services and benefits. View our Resources for Ukrainians.
- April 21, 2022: DHS: President Biden to Announce Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
- April 19, 2022: A Notice by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status
- March 24, 2022: IILA Applauds the White House Announcement that the US will Welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees
- March 24, 2022: The White House: FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Announces New Humanitarian, Development, and Democracy Assistance to Ukraine and the Surrounding Region
- March 10, 2022: IILA Statement on Ukraine
TO SUPPORT UKRAINIANS
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE OF IILA
IILA has not yet been assigned to resettle Ukrainian nationals. We are standing ready and awaiting further guidance from our partners at the federal level and the State Department. Please check back on this site for future opportunities to volunteer directly with IILA.
On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced that 100,000 people forced to flee Ukraine can seek safe haven in the US under a government program known as “Uniting for Ukraine” – but only with support from a US citizen, permanent resident or other legally-residing individual serving as a sponsor. The federal government will vet and approve the applications of both sponsors and Ukrainians seeking humanitarian parole.
To learn more about becoming a sponsor, visit Ukraine.Welcome.US.
Other opportunities to volunteer to support Ukrainians in the community:
- Airbnb.org: Provide temporary emergency stays to people fleeing Ukraine.
If you are an organization directly aiding Ukrainians, please contact email@example.com to be listed here.
TO SUPPORT CRITICAL SERVICES
MAKE A GIFT TO SUPPORT FAMILIES
Donate today to support critical services for refugees arriving from all over the world. Your gift will directly address refugees’ most urgent needs and equips our staff to help refugees feel safe, adjust to a new environment, support their families, and gain the skills to eventually become self-sufficient and participate in their new communities.
Your gift of any amount will support:
- Resettlement costs, including initial meals, transportation, housing, and other set-up expenses
- Basic necessities, including rental assistance, bus vouchers, phones, laptops, and school materials
- Health services, including physical and mental health screenings
- Social services, including language programs, job training and search, and child care
Designate your gift to the Refugee Fund to provide broad operational support to IILA refugee services. Make a secure online donation to support refugees here.
International Institute of Los Angeles is a proud member of the Welcome.US Coalition.