To promote and spread the truth about one of the least-known genocides in the world–the Ukrainian Genocide (Holodomor) of 1932-1933–through education, such as curriculum studies, exhibits, conferences, websites, and the building of a Memorial in Washington, DC dedicated to the victims. By remembering the victims of the Holodomor and other genocides, the U.S. Holodomor Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor Genocide Awareness aims to help to ensure that the horrors of the past are not repeated.


The organization was formed in 2006 under the initiative of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to commemorate the 75 th  anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor in 2008.

A successful commemoration of the 75 th  anniversary was held with a March of Remembrance in New York City; a Holodomor Torch of Remembrance relay throughout the United States; production of silicone bracelets depicting the Holodomor, and of a brochure for calling upon the United States to recognize the Holodomor as a genocide; and a ground-blessing ceremony for a future Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC. The U.S. Holodomor Committee has raised various funds by selling bracelets and through direct solicitations to organizations, receiving generous support from Ukrainian American credit unions, among other contributors, to fund environmental assessments necessary during the Memorial site selection process. The Holodomor Memorial, whose creation was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2006, was unveiled in 2015 in a solemn ceremony that was attended by thousands. Looking beyond its past activities, the U.S. Holodomor Committee is organizing a commemoration of the 85 th anniversary of the Holodomor, and continues to educate the public about one of the 20 th centuries most heinous crimes—the genocide against the Ukrainian people.

Executive Committee  and Affiliated Organizations: The U.S. Holodomor Committee is an organization of affiliated organizations and volunteers. The
Executive Committee conducts the operations of the U.S. Holodomor
Committee and is as follows:

Michael Sawkiw, Jr. – Chairman

Roman Czajkowsky – Vice Chairman

Daria Pishko – English-language Secretary

Svyatoslav Levytsky – Ukrainian-language Secretary

Hanja Cherniak – Treasurer

The following organizations are affiliates of the U.S. Holodomor Committee:

Honorary Member: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA

Honorary Member: Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States

Freedom Foundation

Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms in Ukraine

Organization for the Defense of Lemko Western Ukraine

Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine

Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics

Shevchenko Scientific Society

The Washington Group

Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S.

Ukrainian American Coordinating Council

Ukrainian American Veterans

Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA)

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Ukrainian Free University Foundation

Ukrainian Genocide Foundation

Ukrainian Human Rights Committee

Ukrainian Institute of America

Ukrainian Medical Association of North America

Ukrainian Museum (NY)

Ukrainian National Association

Ukrainian National Credit Union Association

Ukrainian National Women’s League of America

Ukrainian Orthodox League

Ukrainian Patriarchate Society

Ukrainian Scouting Organization – PLAST

United Ukrainian American Relief Committee

Women’s Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms in Ukraine

In addition to community organizations, regional community committees have also been formed and are an integral part of the U.S. Holodomor Committee. Those community committees include:

Connecticut Holodomor Committee

Boston Holodomor Committee

Los Angeles Holodomor Committee

Chicago Holodomor Committee

SE Florida Holodomor Committee

Capital District (NY) Holodomor Committee

Philadelphia Holodomor Committee

Yonkers Holodomor Committee


Operations: Conference calls are regularly held with volunteers, among them representatives from above mentioned organizations, to plan and discuss current and future U.S. Holodomor Committee activities. Various subcommittees have been formed to promote specific efforts of the U.S. Holodomor Committee. The subcommittees are:




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