Disability rights activist and Obama Leader Yuliia Sachuk was in her apartment in Kyiv the night of February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine. As the founder and director of “Fight for Right,” an organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people living with disabilities in Ukraine, Yuliia had spent the previous weeks coordinating with various international organizations and experts to prepare evacuation plans for people with disabilities.
Through a harrowing night in the subway station as bombing began, Yuliia was in constant contact with the 2022 Obama Foundation Leaders Europe cohort. Many of the Polish, Hungarian, and Romanian Leaders had rushed to help evacuation efforts across Ukrainian borders.
Yuliia, and her entire team at Fight for Right, have been working around the clock to help evacuate people with disabilities as quickly and safely as possible, coordinating accessible shelter, evacuations, and emergency services. Through their courageous efforts, they’re ensuring those living with disabilities aren’t left out of the humanitarian efforts. You can support Fight for Right by contributing here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-disabled-ukrainians Opens in a new tab.
Yuliia and our Obama Foundation Leaders across Europe are doing critical humanitarian work and reaching out to each other to form a network of immediate aid and support during this difficult time. Together, they are ensuring every person—no matter their ability—has an opportunity to find refuge from the war in Ukraine.