Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced more than $171 million in additional assistance for people affected by the Venezuela regional crisis. The protracted political and economic crisis in Venezuela has driven more than 7.1 million Venezuelans to flee their country, and left more than 7.7 million of those remaining in Venezuela in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. This assistance, announced at the 2023 International Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and their Host Countries and Communities today in Brussels, also makes good on the U.S. commitment under the Los Angeles Declaration to support countries hosting large populations of displaced migrants and refugees.
The United States remains committed to supporting the Venezuelan people, as the largest single donor for the response to the Venezuela regional crisis. Since Fiscal Year 2017, the United States has provided more than $2.8 billion in total humanitarian, development, economic, and health assistance to help Venezuelans in Venezuela and across the region, as well as the generous communities that host them.
$84.3 Million USAID Humanitarian Assistance
- $84.3 million in new humanitarian funding through USAID will provide direct relief to vulnerable Venezuelans who remain in the country, including healthcare, food, nutrition, water and sanitation, and protection services. The new funding will also allow for the continued provision of emergency food assistance – including hot meals, cash transfers, food vouchers, and food kits – to Venezuelan migrants and refugees who have fled their home country.
$31 Million USAID Development Funding
- $31 million in development funding through USAID will facilitate the socio-economic integration of Venezuelans in Colombia and Ecuador. USAID will also provide assistance to civil society organizations, human rights organizations, independent media outlets, and other democratic actors so they may continue to serve those who remain in Venezuela.
$56.1 Million Department of State Humanitarian Assistance
- $56.1 million in new humanitarian assistance through the Department of State will support a wide range of life-saving humanitarian programs for Venezuelans and their host communities, such as emergency shelter; access to health care including psychosocial support; water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies; support for livelihoods and integration; and protection for vulnerable groups including women, youth, LGBTQI+ individuals, and indigenous peoples throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region.
The United States implements rigorous safeguards against diversion and other risks, and works through trusted organizations that ensure assistance reaches those who need it.
For updates on USAID’s assistance for the Venezuela regional crisis, please see the latest fact sheet here: https://www.usaid.gov/