About Us

A growing grassroots initiative powered entirely by volunteers.

The LINU team comprises volunteers donating their time and professional services. We are lawyers, paralegals, website designers, copywriters, operations professionals and many others.

MISSION

Legal Information Network for Ukraine (LINU) is a growing grassroots effort born out of an urgent need to provide timely and accurate US immigration information to all those fleeing their homes as a result of the war in Ukraine, and to those unable to return to their homes because of this ongoing military action or fear of persecution. Our immediate objective is to offer legal information to those displaced by the war in Ukraine who are seeking entry to the US. Our mission is to create clarity and transparency into the current legal processes, outline options and, when possible and needed, connect those seeking support with legal providers and resources.

WHAT WE DO

Our website provides regularly updated information on current developments in immigration law as it pertains to the crisis in Ukraine. Many questions can be answered by reading our carefully created FAQ section. Individual questions can be submitted via our website; they will be triaged and answered as appropriate by our network of attorneys and immigration practitioners. 

We are actively following the development of relevant laws and policies that may affect those seeking immigration status in the US as a result of the Ukraine conflict, and we strive to update the information on our website to reflect these developments as quickly as possible.

For those needing further assistance, our intake team will connect the request seeker with information, agencies and support resources, or a brief consultation with a volunteer legal services provider.

Our approach will continue to evolve, but at this time the effort is supported entirely by volunteers and the initial legal consultations are offered absolutely free of charge.

DISCLAIMER

The information contained in this Website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.

To learn more, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Executive Team

Luba Reife
Joy Ziegeweid
Sonia Delman

LUBA REIFE

Co-Founder of LINU. Luba is responsible for the strategic direction of our initiative and for bringing together a diverse network of volunteers. She also helps triage inquiries from those looking for immigration information concerning entry to the US.

Luba Reife is the Deputy Director for the Manhattan Family Law Project at Sanctuary for Families, a New York City-based non-profit organization dedicated to aiding victims of gender based violence. Prior to working at Sanctuary for Families, Luba spent eight years working as a juvenile prosecutor and a civil litigator for the New York City Law Department.

Luba is a graduate of New York Law School. She is fluent in English and Russian and a first generation immigrant from St. Petersburg, Russia.

JOY ZIEGEWEID

Co-Founder of LINU. Joy is our in-house expert on immigration law. She is closely following developments in immigration law as they pertain to the crisis in Ukraine and is responsible for training our team of volunteer attorneys. 

Joy Ziegeweid is a supervising immigration attorney and oversees an immigration team at the Urban Justice Center Domestic Violence Project. Joy handles a diverse immigration caseload including asylum, U nonimmigrant status petitions, T nonimmigrant status petitions, Violence Against Women Act Self-petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, and related matters. Joy is active in local and national immigration advocacy and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. 

Joy is a graduate of Columbia Law School. She is fluent in English and Russian.

SONIA DELMAN

Sonia is responsible for coordinating our network of volunteer attorneys, ensuring that we provide accessible updated information, and helping triage inquiries from those looking for immigration information concerning entry to the US.

Sonia Delman is an attorney specializing in international development, assistance, and trade. Sonia has worked as an Associate General Counsel with the U.S. Peace Corps, an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a Legal Counsel with the World Bank’s Sanctions Board Secretariat, and an Associate at an international department of a private law firm.

Sonia is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School. She is fluent in English and Russian and has a working knowledge of French.

Team Members

Katya Fomina

Operations

Natasha Shalayeva

Web Design and Branding

Natalia Zhalivtsiv

Translation & Copy Editing

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