In 2020 the Civic Assistance Committee celebrated its 30th anniversary under difficult circumstances – in the midst of the pandemic. Many of our applicants lost their jobs, and those who worked unofficially could not receive any governmental support. The Committee did not leave these people alone in the face of danger and switched to remote work: at the time of restrictions imposed due to the pandemic the Committee staff continued to counsel applicants online. With our support 124 refugees were granted temporary asylum and 50 stateless people obtained official status.
In 2020, we managed to do a lot of things: for example, we organized 5 hotlines for people to contact us. Thanks to the help of international organizations, businesses and individuals, more than 600 families received food packages and 345 families received financial assistance for paying rent and medical expenses. Our staff conducted 1,076 medical and 1,016 legal consultations.
Apart from this we also established Lydia Grafova Journalism Award to encourage journalists who ethically cover the topic of migration, published 8 large analytical materials and arranged dozens of events, including two festivals.
Learn more about what 2020 was like for us in our report.