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UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION


The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) is a national bar association created in 1977 whose members are U.S. judges, attorneys and law students of Ukrainian descent and those American attorneys with an interest in Ukrainian matters. Associate Member status is available to foreign jurists from other jurisdictions, such as Canada and Ukraine, who share the UABA’s goals and dedication to the rule of law, and the UABA’s mission objectives.   

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On September 18 – 20, 2022, Ukrainian American Bar Association (“UABA”) Boardmembers Judge Orest Jejna and Christina Tershakovec, former UABA president Andrew Fylypovych and member Mike Baraban participated in the Ukraine Action Summit (“Summit”) on Capitol Hill.  The UABA was a coalition partner with lead organizer Razom and over 30 other Ukrainian American and Ukraine ally organizations whose members arrived in Washington, D.C. for two days of meetings with House representatives, senators and staffers, as well as with representatives of the State Department. 


In total, Summit participants from 32 states, representing 33 organizations attended nearly 140 meetings with Congressional representatives.  The over-arching message was the need for continued strong support for and to Ukraine, which message was warmly received.  Evidence of the success of the Summit was apparent even in its midst, as participants learned of passage of a pending bill, additional co-sponsorship by representatives of bills and the introduction of new bills.  The Summit underscored the importance of follow-up with our elected officials, so that Ukraine remains a top priority.  

In meetings with representatives, senators and staffers, delegations emphasized that Ukraine is not only fighting for her right to exist and for her self-determination, but is truly the front line in the fight for Western democratic ideals.


Judge Orest Jejna and Mike Baraban led the Arizona delegation.  Andrew Fylypovych and Christina Tershakovec were members of the Pennsylvania delegation. 


August 24, 2022

 

The anniversary of Ukraine’s renewal of its independence thirty-one years ago brings celebration, horror, and a warning.

 

Ukraine ensured the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the world breathed with relief. Yet Ukraine’s warnings about an unrepentant aggressive Russia were ignored.

 

Russia renewed its war against Ukraine in 2014. Since its expansion of that war this past February, Russia proudly advertises its intention to destroy Ukraine not just as a sovereign state,  but as a nation. Its actions also amount to the destruction of the “rules-based international order” that the West established and maintained since the cataclysm of WWII.

 

With the aid from the West, Ukraine is fighting alone against the largest country in the world. And Ukrainians ask: “What does ‘Never again’ mean?” And they warn the West. Again.

 

The Ukrainian American Bar Association joins in that warning--liberty is both the pre-condition for and the product of democracy.  We must ensure both.

 

Слава Україні!



Welcome Connect is a first-of-its kind platform created to bridge the gap between Americans who want to sponsor, but don't know anyone fleeing the war, and Ukrainians seeking refuge in the U.S. This platform was launched by our partner, Welcome.US.

How it works: Registration is not an immediate obligation to sponsor – you will create a profile, be offered an online training and start the process of connecting with a Ukrainian seeking refuge to decide whether sponsorship is a good fit for you.

Video:Step-by-Step Guide to Completing a Welcome Connect Profile





The Ukraine Immigration Task Force has a page for FAQs and Clarifications on Immigration Law for Ukrainians Seeking to Enter the United States that is available in both English and Ukrainian 



The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), is holding a large community outreach event in Brooklyn this Saturday, May 7th, and is still looking to fill some slots for volunteer attorneys at the Ukrainian legal clinic that will be situated in a private tent within the fair. The clinic will be staffed by immigration attorneys, and they are hoping to expand capacity with legal volunteers to conduct general intake (with supervision). NYIC will be providing training and a detailed intake form and so is not limited to immigration attorneys, but is hoping to work with attorneys who speak Russian or Ukrainian. 


Here is the link for volunteers for the event. NYIC will be providing access to a  recorded legal training for all who sign up.

 

Details:

 

Date & time: May 7th, 10am - 2pm (volunteers to arrive by 9:30am)

Location: Owl's Head Park, Brooklyn (Colonial Road, 68 St., & Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11220)



On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States.


More information about Uniting for Ukraine, how to apply, eligibility requirements, and what to expect, can be found at: Uniting for Ukraine - Program and Instructions.pdf


*The information contained above is solely provided for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice from the UABA or any of its members.



The Ukrainian American Bar Association Joins Welcome.US Effort to Mobilize 100,000 Americans to Sponsor Ukrainians Seeking Refuge in the United States. A press release containing more information can be found at: UABA - Welcome.US Press Release.pdf



The Ukrainian American Bar Association (together with Razom, Inc. and Natalie Jaresko as co-petitioners) has submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a Petition for Rulemaking, pursuant to which it is requested that the Commission enact a rule requiring issuers to disclose their business dealings in and with the Russian Federation (“Russia”) and the Republic of Belarus (“Belarus”). Enacting such a rule would be in line with the current US policy of sanctioning Russia for invading Ukraine and Belarus for its role in the invasion.


SEC Petition for Russia Disclosure.pdf



On April 18, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security posted a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine. The notice provides information about how to register for TPS. The registration process begins on April 19, 2022, and runs through October 19, 2023. To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since April 11, 2022, and continuous physical presence in the United States since the designation date in the Federal Register notice.

https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/news-releases/dhs-announces-registration-process-for-temporary-protected-status-for-ukraine-and-sudan?fbclid=IwAR0GnNQhGgCyVzsIhVAKfUgcxxjTsuhrslg87fmTofsaEyOhcZrPoL3cO7c


For details, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:


https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-ukraine


https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/04/19/2022-08390/designation-of-ukraine-for-temporary-protected-status


Information regarding Employment Authorization for Ukrainian F-1 Nonimmigrant Students can be found here




On April 8, 2022, along with several other leaders of the Ukrainian American community, Ukrainian American Bar Association’s President Victoria Kulik and Board Member Christina Tershakovec attended a White House meeting to learn what the US administration’s efforts to welcome Ukrainians to the United States are going to be. We would like to express our gratitude for the on-going support of Ukraine and Ukrainians by the United States and are looking forward to the official announcement of the path forward for those Ukrainians who are seeking refuge in the United States following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 


TPS Announcement


Attention: Ukrainian Nationals seeking Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States of America, please fill out this form to join the list of people to be notified when Ukrainians are allowed to prepare and submit TPS applications. Legal assistance will be provided free of charge.

http://L4GG.org/TPS-Ukraine

 

Увага: Громадяни України, які хочуть отримати статус тимчасового захисту (Temporary Protected Status (TPS)) в Сполучених Штатах Америки, будь ласка, заповніть цю форму, щоб приєднатися до списку людей, які будуть сповіщені, коли українцям буде дозволено готувати та подавати заявки на TPS. Юридична допомога буде надаватися безкоштовно.

http://L4GG.org/TPS-Ukraine



Department of State Guidance for Ukrainian Nationals can be found at:

DOS Guidance for Ukrainian Nationals.3.11.22.pdf and

Further Explanation to DOS Guidance.3.11.22.pdf

 

Information on visa options for Ukrainian Nationals can be found at:

Visa Options for Ukrainian Nationals.pdf


Information on scheduling a visa appointment in Moldova can be found at:

Scheduling Visa Appointment - Moldova.pdf



March 12, 2022

The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) vehemently condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its terrorist abduction of Mayor Ivan Fedorov of Melitopol, Ukraine. The UABA joins the government of Ukraine in its demands that Russia immediately and safely release Mayor Fedorov and all of the other protestors abducted by the Russian military, and to immediately remove its troops from and deoccupy Ukrainian territory.



Information for people fleeing the war in Ukraine can be found here



The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has prepared a short video with a call for a no-fly zone accessible here



Please click here for the latest information from the US Embassy and Consulate in Poland for US citizens evacuating Ukraine





The U.S. has granted TPS status to Ukrainian Nationals in our country. A statement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Public Affairs can be found here



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine has launched an information platform for foreign audiences concerning the war in Ukraine, providing historical context, updates, photographs, and more which is accessible here

The MFA's press release is available here 


Please sign the petition below to have NATO close the airspace over Ukraine

https://www.openpetition.eu/petition/online/people-around-the-world-ask-nato-to-close-the-airspace-over-ukraine

For more updates and information on how to help, please view our War on Ukraine tab above, our past posts on this website below, or follow us at Ukrainian American Bar Association on Facebook, TheUABA on Instagram, and The_UABA on Twitter.

Upcoming Events

Our annual conference will be held in Washington, DC, January 13-15, 2023. Details will be provided as we get closer to the event. 


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