During the inaugural Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity Leaders’ Summit, President Joseph R. Biden announced nearly $485 million in additional humanitarian assistance in FY 2023 funding for the Western Hemisphere, of which nearly $451 million is to support those affected by the Venezuela regional crisis. This assistance includes $174 million through USAID and more than $310 million through the Department of State.
More than 7.7 million people in Venezuela are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, and another 7.7 million Venezuelans have been forced to flee the country or left in search of better opportunities, 6.5 million of whom are currently residing in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This new assistance from the United States will provide direct relief to vulnerable Venezuelans who remain in the country, including food assistance, healthcare, nutrition, water and sanitation, and protection services. In addition, this assistance supports Venezuelan refugees, migrants and their host communities in fourteen countries in the region with emergency shelter; access to health care; water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies; increased access to education; support for livelihoods; and protection for those in situations of vulnerability, including women, children and youth, LGBTQI+ individuals, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people. USAID will continue to provide hot meals, food vouchers, and direct cash transfers to Venezuelan refugees and migrants and host communities in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru so they can purchase food and urgent necessities from local markets.
The United States is the largest humanitarian donor to the Venezuela regional crisis. Since FY 2017, the United States has provided more than $2.9 billion in humanitarian assistance for the response to the crisis. We will continue to work to support Venezuelans during their time of need.
For updates on USAID’s assistance for the Venezuela regional crisis, please click here: https://www.usaid.gov/humanitarian-assistance/venezuela-regional