Our vision is our name: Liberty in North Korea. We’re working towards the day that every North Korean can lead free and full lives.
We rescue North Korean refugees through a 3,000-mile modern day underground railroad, bringing them to safety and freedom without cost or condition. After resettling in South Korea or the United States, many refugees send back money and information, further accelerating grassroots marketization and eroding the effectiveness of the regime’s propaganda.
We support and invest in the long-term ambitions, potential, and strength of the North Korean people, encouraging and empowering resettled refugees in their new lives in freedom. Our programs focus on building a community that will equip them to pursue their dreams and become agents of change on this issue.
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We work to change the way the world sees North Korea, so the North Korean people get the international support they deserve. This work includes the creation of media and documentaries, engaging with international journalists and policymakers, and direct grassroots engagement.
Liberty in North Korea's team is strategically based in the United States, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. From these locations we work alongside the North Korean people as they affect change inside the country. Our fundraising capabilities allows us to provide a sustainable and effective refugee rescue program. Our staff also possesses the skills necessary to create important media and effective campaigns in order to change the narrative on North Korea.
Liberty in North Korea measures its progress in several ways. First, by the number of refugees we are able to rescue. We are helping as many refugees reach freedom and safety as we can. We also measure progress and impact by our ability to influence key policymakers as well as the media, shifting conversations from the high politics to the North Korean people themselves. We measure this by mentions in the international media and the number of people reached by our digital media content.
As of August 2018, we have:
-Rescued over 800 refugees
-Reached over 80,000 people at over 4,000 speaking events
-Held prominent roles in meetings and events with policymakers in Washington D.C., Seoul, South Korea, and at the United Nations
-Created and released three documentaries
-Mobilized over 350 Rescue Teams in 19 countries
We are in the process of starting an exciting new program that will bring resettled North Koreans to the United States for a 3-month intensive advocacy training program. In this program they will learn more about the North Korean issue and how to be dynamic and influential advocates. Our pilot program will begin September 2018 and will include 5 North Korean Advocacy Fellows.