Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Carol Thompson O’Connell will lead the U.S. delegation to the May 26 International Donors Conference in Solidarity with the Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants, hosted virtually by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Spain in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Amy Tohill-Stull will join.
On May 20, the United States announced more than $200 million in additional assistance provided through the State Department, USAID, and the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), including more than $138 million in humanitarian assistance, for Venezuelans in need inside the country and in the region. The United States will continue to be a catalyst for the international response to the Venezuela crisis and remains the largest single donor of assistance to Venezuelans, with a total of more than $856 million in assistance, of which nearly $611 million is humanitarian assistance, since FY 2017.
We commend all donors who have committed resources to this response and welcome this conference as an opportunity to call on donors to increase their efforts to help meet the critical needs of the Venezuelan people. We thank the EU, Spain, UNHCR, and IOM for hosting the conference and for their continued leadership to address the needs of the over five million refugees and migrants displaced by the crisis in Venezuela caused by the former Maduro regime.