The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Refugees fleeing Ukraine receive food from the International Red Cross and other organizations at the Vysne Nemecke border crossing in Slovakia. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

 

Russia’s continued aggression on the people of Ukraine has resulted in a Ukrainian Refugee Crisis effecting more than 3.5 million refugees.  Most of these are women and children who have fled to neighboring countries.  Catholic Charities Atlanta is relieved to hear that the United States has decided to extend humanitarian refugee relief for some of these families.

We have started to receive inquiries from Ukrainian families about assistance. Help us serve by making a gift to Catholic Charities for Ukrainian relief. Please join us in continuing our prayers for a peaceful solution to this heartbreaking situation.

Vanessa Russell, CEO Catholic Charities Atlanta

 

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How to Help Ukrainian Refugees

At this time, the best way to assist our efforts is through funding our Refugee Resettlement Services Program.

Donate to Refugee Resettlement Services HERE.

Your donation will already be designated for the “Ukrainian Refugee Resettlement Services” and you can add an additional comment further explaining your request.

For more information about refugee resources, please see the additional resources provided below.

 

 

Uniting for Ukraine

The Biden administration launched Uniting for Ukraine on April 25, 2022. The program allows U.S.-based individuals and organizations to sponsor a Ukrainian individual or family in the United States. Once approved, Ukrainians through the program will receive humanitarian parole for two years and will be eligible for work authorization in the U.S. Sponsors are expected to provide support to beneficiaries for the duration of their parole.

Ukrainians who were paroled into the country between February 24, 2022, and September 30, 2023, will generally be eligible for benefits to the same extent as refugees. Congressional authorization created eligibility for resettlement benefits provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), entitlement programs, and other public benefits, but excluded reception and placement benefits administered through the U.S. State Department.

For more information, please see the Uniting for Ukraine Fact Sheet.

 

 

Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from April 19, 2022, through October 19, 2023. “Russia’s premeditated and unprovoked attack on Ukraine has resulted in an ongoing war, senseless violence, and Ukrainians forced to seek refuge in other countries,” said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “In these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer our support and protection to Ukrainian nationals in the United States.”

Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since April 11, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after April 11, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks. TPS beneficiaries are not removable from the U.S., can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) and may be granted travel authorization.

Ukrainian families in the Atlanta area who meet the eligibility date and want to seek Temporary Protective Status and Employment Authorization can contact Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services at 678-222-3920.

 

 

Lautenberg Program

The Lautenberg Program is a family reunification program for citizens in former Soviet Union countries, including Ukraine, who are members of a religious minority group. This can include Jews, Evangelical Christians, Ukrainian Catholics, members of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and Greek Orthodox Church, who have family in the United States.

The Lautenberg Program is a family reunification program through USRAP and is a pathway to citizenship. After one year in the U.S. they are eligible for LPR status. After five years in the U.S. they are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.

To access the program, U.S. citizens, LPRs, asylees, or refugees who want to bring their family members to the U.S. must apply through a resettlement agency. Applications will only be considered if they go through their local resettlement office. Catholic Charities Atlanta is a Georgia resettlement office. To apply, please contact CCA’s Refugee Resettlement Services at refugeeresettlement@ccatlanta.org.

 

Additional Resources

  • U.S. Residents in Ukraine

 

Novena for Peace in Ukraine

From PrayMoreNovenas.com

Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world!
You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Ukraine.
Please protect and send aid to those in Ukraine and all who are at-risk.
We pray for peace – we pray for all who are working towards it and for all who are in danger from this conflict.
We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this.
Lord God, please help those in most need of thy mercy.
Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church, pray for us!
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, may your kingdom reign in Ukraine and all the world.
Amen.

Nasra Yonis, Refugee Youth Education Coord., at After School Program event.

Our Mission to Welcome Refugees

Catholic Charities Atlanta has been welcoming refugees to the Atlanta area since the 1960’s. The extensive resettlement services we offer are designed to help refugees achieve economic and social self-sufficiency within 6 months of arriving in the United States. This includes greeting families at the airport, finding stable housing and furnishing their apartment, assisting with job placement, enrolling in English language classes, establishing household budgets, enrolling children in school and ensuring families are involved socially and integrating into the community.

 

 

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