Our Advocacy & Information Program

Advocating for Ukraine and the interests of the Ukrainian people throughout the United States gives a needed voice for the many issues that Ukrainians face every day.

From the violent conflict from an aggressor on its eastern border to its dire financial needs and more, UFA works in the public sector to help ensure that our government’s policy makers have an undistorted view of each situation—and that the needs of Ukraine are being heard clearly and truthfully.

What We Do...

UFA networks with government and non-government organizations to inform policy makers, legislators, and the public about community issues. Our public service announcements and community meetings disseminate important information on topics of public interest.

UFA MEETING WITH US AMBASSADOR TO UKRAINE

Dr. Zenia Chernyk and Iryna Mazur attended a US-Ukraine Business Council reception in Washington, DC. on March 10th, 2017. There, the Ukrainian Federation of America’s representatives met with Marie L. Yovanovitch, the new US Ambassador to Ukraine.

Her Excellency, Marie Yovanovitch brought the participants up-to-date on advances in reforms in Ukraine, particularly in judicial and business spheres. She also expressed a most positive view on progress in the implementation of meaningful policies. Ambassador Yovanovitch also was very optimistic about Ukraine’s future, including Ukraine’s ambitious plan to become a member of NATO by 2020.

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CONGRESSIONAL UKRAINIAN CAUCUS

The Congressional Ukrainian Caucus is bi-partisan group of Members of Congress who share a common concern for building stronger bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States. In its continuing cooperation with the Ukrainian American community, the Caucus serves to lend support for Ukraine in its process of democratization and market-oriented reforms. Furthermore, it is a valuable source of information for Members of Congress regarding events in Ukraine.

SENATE UKRAINIAN CAUCUS

The Senate Ukrainian Caucus is a bipartisan caucus of the United States Senate that was inaugurated on February 9, 2015 in Washington, D.C.. Its mission is “to strengthen the political, military, economic, and cultural relationship between the United States and Ukraine.”

Its counterpart in the House of Representatives is the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, which was established in 1997 and consists of 41 representatives.

LINKS TO ORGANIZATIONS & SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
http://www.ucca.org/
The UCCA’s mission is to support cultural, educational, and humanitarian activities that emphasize the Ukrainian American heritage and provide support for Ukraine’s newly developing democracy.

Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center
http://www.ueccphila.org/
The Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center (UECC) is a non-profit organization located in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Jenkintown, PA. Founded in 1980, it is a focal point of Ukrainian-American cultural life in the Delaware Valley.

Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization
http://www.plastusa.org/
USA Plast – an organization built on exemplary international scouting principles with Ukrainian characteristics.

Ukrainian American Youth Association (SUMA)
http://cym.org/us/
The Ukrainian American Youth Associaiton (UAYA) is a voluntary, non-profit youth organization with 28 chapters in 12 states. The UAYA works in conjunction with branches of the Ukrainian Youth Association in 8 other countries. The Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA) has been a vital factor in the life of Ukrainian-American communities for nearly 50 years. During the last half-century it has guided Ukrainian youth toward becoming knowledgeable and active members of their Ukrainian and local communities as a whole.

Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association
http://www.ukieclub.com/
The Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association (UACA) is a member’s only association consisting of both Active and Social members. This organization welcomes all of Ukrainian decent and those who would like to learn more about and participate in the Ukrainian community of Philadelphia.

Ukrainian League of Philadelphia
http://www.ukrainianleague.com/
The Ukrainian League of Philadelphia is an organization of Ukrainian American citizens who have bonded together to form a group for the fostering and nurturing of the Ukrainian culture and heritage while still respecting and honoring the American culture and its freedoms.

Ukrainian Engineers Society of America
http://www.uesa.org/
The Ukrainian Engineers’ Society of America is an organization whose mission is to aid in the spread of engineering studies and the engineering profession, to foster interest in technical and economic issues in Ukraine and to provide a social environment for and inter-networking among its members.

Ukrainian Heritage School
http://www.ukrainianheritageschool.org/
The main objective of the Ukrainian Heritage School has been and is the education of its students in Ukrainian language and culture in order that they may retain their Ukrainian heritage.

Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Inc.
http://www.unwla.org/
The purpose of UNWLA, Inc. is to unite women of Ukrainian descent and those affiliated with the Ukrainian community. Charitable and Cultural Organization In Existence Since 1925.

Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union
https://www.ukrfcu.com/
The Selfreliance Association of Ukrainian-Americans was established as a social services organization in New York City with a mission to assist newly-arrived Ukrainian immigrants. The Association established branches in most major cities in the United States and, in turn, these branches became sponsors of credit unions.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
http://www.voloshky.com/
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble represents Ukrainian culture through dance. Voloshky’s unique blend of styles has positioned the company as a leading cultural ambassador, simultaneously representing Ukrainian arts as well as the rich dynamic pluralism of the United States.

BRAMA – Gateway Ukraine
http://www.brama.com/
Information focusing on Ukraine and Ukrainians.

Ukrainian Soccer Portal
http://www.ukrainiansoccer.net/
Ukrainian soccer, soccer scores, soccer news, soccer standings, soccer tournament information.

Awarded to Ambassador William Green Miller

The Ukrainian Federation of America has awarded the Alexander B. Chernyk Medal to the former US ambassador to Ukraine, His Excellency Ambassador William Green Miller. Ambassador Miller was presented the medal on May 3rd, 2015, at an annual awards ceremony “for his outstanding leadership and deep commitment to U.S.-Ukraine relations.” The event was held at the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

The Alexander B. Chernyk Medal honors those who promote leadership and help to the Ukrainian people. Past recipients include Congressman Bob Schaffer, Congressman Charles F. Dougherty, Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Congressman Jim Gerlach and E. Morgan Williams (President/CEO US – Ukraine Business Council).

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During the ceremony, Ambassador Miller received greetings from Senator Pat Toomey and Senator Bob Casey, and personal congratulations from Congressman Jim Gerlach. Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka gave the invocation. The event was attended by representatives of the American Jewish Committee and multiple Ukrainian American organizations from Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Speaking at the event, former Congressman Charles F. Dougherty, who represented constituents in the Greater Philadelphia Area and was Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, thanked Ambassador Miller for his many years of service and dedication and provided an insightful overview of an exceptional career that has spanned seven decades.

“With an education from Williams College, Oxford, and Harvard, Ambassador Miller entered the Foreign Service in 1959, serving five years in Iran before transitioning back to Washington as a line officer in the office of Secretary of State, Dean Rusk. In the years to follow, he served as a foreign policy and defence advisor to Senator John Sherman Cooper, and held the position of Associate Dean and Professor of International Politics of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 1986, Ambassador Miller returned to Washington as President of the American Committee on United States – Soviet Relations, where his position admitted him to travel frequently throughout the Soviet Union, obtaining direct knowledge of the monumental changes taking place in the region.”

“Between, 1993 and 1998, Mr. Miller served as United States Ambassador to Ukraine under President Bill Clinton. As Ambassador, he was a supporter to some of the most fundamental transformations of the Ukrainian State, including ratification of Ukraine’s Constitution. To this day, Ambassador Miller still promotes peace and stability in Ukraine through his work as a Senior Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.”

Congressman Dougherty thanked Ambassador Miller “for his lifetime of international diplomatic accomplishments, and his help in forging the steadfast US-Ukraine relationship that has lasted and will continue to last for decades to come.”