Welcome and Protect: JRS’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

07 February 2022 at 12:00am

JRS staff and volunteers welcoming refugees from Ukraine in Romania. Image by Sergi Camara.

Welcome and Protect:

JRS’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

Around the world, Jesuit Refugee Service responds to new and emerging crises as well as those that have fallen from public attention. Whether in the the headlines or lost on the back page, JRS accompanies those affected by crisis in places like Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela, and Ukraine.

Wherever there is a need, Jesuit Refugee Service is there.

Join us to hear from JRS staff member, Diana Haidemak, a legal counselor for JRS Romania. Diana graduated in 2017 from “Nicolae Titulescu” University in Bucharest where she studied European and International law. After graduation, Diana continued her education and received two master’s degree from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands: Public International Law – International Human Rights Law and Global Criminal Law.

Over the years, Diana has volunteered for different organizations promoting human rights. Recently, Diana was a member of the jury of the national competition for international humanitarian law and refugee law. She has been with JRS Romania since March 2021, working on the following projects:

  • Monitoring the activity and border incidents regarding migrants and asylum seekers
  • Anti-trafficking
  • Safe and inclusive education for refugee children and adolescents in Romania
  • Support services for Ukrainian refugees

JRS Romania

In its capacity as a humanitarian, non-governmental, independent, non-profit, apolitical, democratic association, JRS Romania aims to defend, support and promote fundamental human rights, especially those of refugees. At the same time, considering the defense, support, and promotion of fundamental human rights, as well as the continuous need to adapt to the dynamic changes within society, JRS Romania contributes to the prevention and relief of suffering in all forms. This includes the protection of life and of the environment, of people in vulnerable situations, victims of human trafficking, people with disabilities, minorities, economically disadvantaged people and other people in vulnerable situations, as well as educating young people through volunteering programs.  


Diana will share stories from her work providing support to refugees from Ukraine, as well as refugees from across other parts of the world.

Stay tuned as we announce tour dates & locations for 2023.