Kyiv Legal Protective Services (LPS) is operated by HIAS under an agreement with UNHCR. The program provides protection and legal assistance in Kyiv and the surrounding region to asylum seekers and refugees from around the world. LPS also contributes to building a humane asylum system in Ukraine by training local judges, immigration and law-enforcement officials, and law students, and by developing legislative proposals and administrative regulations.

Specific legal, counseling and translation services provided by LPS are designed to aid refugees in applying for asylum in Ukraine, to assist UNHCR Ukraine with developing other durable solutions such as voluntary repatriation and resettlement in other countries, to intervene with local immigration and police authorities, and to represent those who are turning to Ukraine’s court system in their effort to receive asylum.