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Legal Clinic for Ukrainians. What we learned.

April 28, 2022
Olena Kozlova Pates

We had a very informative meeting yesterday on several new and existing programs for Ukrainians fleeing their home because of the Russian aggression and coming to the US.

We are grateful to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and especially its Associate Director of Legal Services in Raleigh Hila Moss for describing the specifics of various relief options and answering all of our questions. Also huge thanks to Vyacheslav Drobot for all of your help!

Click here to review yesterday's presentation details:

Overall, we are very grateful that both the Humanitarian Parole, and TPS, and Uniting for Ukraine programs provide safety for those Ukrainians who have chosen to come to the US.

At the same time, there are a lot of issues with both of these programs that are problematic: wait time for receiving work authorization (8 to 14 months), inability to use any social services being just two of them. Since both of these programs are temporary programs, they don't offer a pathway for immigration.

Grateful to all families who are currently hosting our Ukrainian newcomers for bringing them to our Clinic last night. If you know of other Ukrainian families who are in the Triangle area, please ask them to check in with us. Please, fill the forms on our website if you can offer or require assistance.

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Дякую всім хто вчора долучився до нашої Легальної Клініки.

Сподіваємося інформація, яку обговорювали, вам допомогла розібратися з питаннями про ваш статус, а також з деталями вашого тимчасового перебування в США.

Якщо ви не змогли до нас приєднатися, додаю інфо, а також поширювали відео в нашій групі у Фейсбук. Також рекомендуємо передивитися пост Ірини Мазур в нашій групі - вона дає пояснення українською мовою.

Якщо ви перебуваєту в нашому місті і потребуєте допомоги, будь ласка пишіть або до ФБ групи - будемо публікувати ваші пости, або заповнюйте форму на нашому вебсайті

FAQs

You've got questions and we have the answers

Who are Ukrainians in the Carolinas?

We are a network of volunteers throughout the Carolinas dedicated to assisting the people of Ukraine and promoting Ukrainian culture in the Carolinas. Our network has been operational in the Triangle for the last 8 years, ever since Russia invaded Ukraine. We have been collecting and shipping medical supplies to Ukraine, helping refugees, wounded warriors, families of perished Ukrainian heroes and orphans. We have hosted numerous cultural events and advocated for assistance to Ukraine. Since February 24, 2022, when Russia started its new phase of war in Ukraine, we have become an even stronger and larger group and welcome your support. We have media coverage, politicians’ attention, but most importantly - everybody’s willingness to help Ukraine’s brave military and citizens. We already shipped several containers of medical supplies, so generously donated to us by local supporters of Ukraine and of freedom. We also provided localized support to various cities throughout Ukraine where there was a great need for food and medical supplies.

What is your status? Are you an officially recognized charitable organization?

We have incorporated in North Carolina and are in the process of applying for a 501(c)(3) charitable status. We hope to receive it by the end of this year, and upon receipt, all donations will be granted a tax-deductible status retroactively.

Where can I send my monetary donation?

You can write a check to Ukrainians in the Carolinas or PayPal or Zelle your donation to donations.ukrainians.carolinas@gmail.com

Can I donate clothing or other goods?

At the moment, the border is overwhelmed with various humanitarian supplies from European nations, so we are focusing our efforts on securing and shipping medical supplies only.

What else can I do to help in supporting Ukraine against the Russian invasion?

Spread the word! Contact your elected representatives and ask them to provide air defense systems to Ukraine, expedite legislation to allow Ukrainian refugees into US, and secure humanitarian corridors into sieged Ukrainian cities.

I have a press inquiry or want to schedule an interview

Please email us at ukrainians.carolinas@gmail.com

Assistance to refugees / допомога переселенцям