JRS/USA expresses thanks to the Biden Administration for today’s announcement of new humanitarian assistance and resettlement options for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine, including more than 3.5 million refugees who have fled the country.
“Additional support from the United States will play a critical role in responding to the needs of Ukrainians who have fled to neighboring countries and those who are seeking to resettle in the United States,” said Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director of JRS/USA. “JRS is on the front lines of the response effort for families fleeing their homes in Ukraine and we must do everything in our power as a nation to offer safety and protection.”
The announcement includes plans by the U.S. government to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression through a series of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. In addition, the Biden Administration will provide more than $1 billion in new funding towards humanitarian assistance in the region.
“We need to care about, and support, Ukraine, yet we urge the Administration to remember refugee and asylum seekers from places like Syria, Afghanistan, and Central America which equally need our assistance,” said Joan Rosenhauer. “Millions of people have fled these regions and, with experiences compounded by xenophobia and racism, have not been met with the same response. We must devote the same amount of time, attention, and resources towards all our displaced brothers and sisters.”