International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Liberty in North Korea

We believe that the North Korean people will achieve their liberty in our lifetime.

aka LiNK

Long Beach, CA

Mission

Working with the North Korean people to accelerate change.

Ruling Year

2005

President/CEO

Hannah Song

Main Address

236 E 3rd St Ste 210

Long Beach, CA 90802 USA

Keywords

Human Rights, North Korea, Refugees, Resettlement, Empowerment, Advocacy

EIN

73-1710135

 Number

5914524229

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

North Korea represents one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. 25 million North Korean people are denied even the most basic rights of free speech, free movement, and information freedom, because the ruling elite prioritizes regime survival over all else. They use a brutally repressive system of political control to ensure their domination over society, employing extreme measures including collective punishment, public executions, and political prison camps. North Koreans who try to flee the country are not safe. If arrested in China they can be forcibly repatriated where they can face torture, forced labor, and years of internment in a political prison camp.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Refugee Rescues

Post-Resettlement Programs

Changing the Narrative

Research and Strategy

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

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Refugee Rescues

Context notes

These statistics indicate the number of North Koreans that we have helped safely reach freedom each year, using a 3,000-mile secret rescue route.

Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Changing the Narrative

Context notes

These statistics indicate the number of times we have been cited, featured and quoted through international media outlets.

Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Changing the Narrative

Context notes

These statistics indicate the number of unique visitors to our website.

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees

Related program

Post-Resettlement Programs

Context notes

These statistics indicate the number of North Koreans who have received support from us and/or participated in our post-resettlement programs.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

REFUGEE RESCUES 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. REFUGEE EMPOWERMENT 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. CHANGING THE NARRATIVE 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.

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Financials

Liberty in North Korea

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No