HIAS Responds to the Crisis in Ukraine

Ukraine internally displaced persons, Feb 2015. Gute/HIASThe military conflict in Eastern Ukraine has forced more than 1,000,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety. The HIAS Ukraine team is working to protect the human rights of these vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs), monitoring the situation in eight regions and providing critical assistance.

HIAS has been working in Ukraine for more than a decade. Originally established to assist Jewish migrants emigrating from Ukraine to the United States, today HIAS, and its partner agency in Ukraine, Right to Protection (R2P), monitor and advocate for improvements in the legal and regulatory framework affecting IDPs, identify gaps and develop solutions in light of the real needs and specific problems of the displaced population.

Based on the findings from monitoring and evidence gathered from the Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Kherson, Odesa, Luhansk, Zakarpattya and Zaporizhzhya regions, R2P advocates to ensure that the Government’s legal and policy response to internal displacement in Ukraine is implemented in conformity with international human rights standards. R2P also raises awareness of the issues facing IDPs in Ukraine through local media.

In addition to working with those affected by the current crisis, HIAS continues our long-standing efforts to provide legal protection services for unaccompanied minors and other asylum-seekers from 39 countries.

Read more about HIAS' work in Ukraine

Read about HIAS' Russian-Langauge Hotline for former Soviet citizens

Read Refugee Council USA’s letter to Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard of PRM re: Ukrainian refugees