Liberty in North Korea

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

aka LiNK   |   Long Beach, CA   |  http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org

Mission

Working with the North Korean people to accelerate change.

Ruling year info

2005

President/CEO

Hannah Song

Main address

236 E 3rd St Ste 210

Long Beach, CA 90802 USA

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EIN

73-1710135

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Refugee Rescues

Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk their lives to escape political and economic oppression. Even if they make it to China, they face grave danger because the Chinese government arrests and forcibly repatriates North Korean refugees. If sent back, they undergo interrogation and are at risk of extremely harsh punishments including torture, forced labor, forced abortions, and internment in a political prison camp. Even if they manage to evade the authorities in China, their illegal status leaves them vulnerable to exploitation by sex traffickers and unscrupulous employers. In these dire circumstances, many North Korean refugees do not have the resources or connections to get themselves out of China. That’s where we come in.

After hearing countless stories of North Koreans who have struggled to pay or even find brokers, or were exploited and abused by brokers and other individuals while in search of freedom, we committed to providing a way for North Koreans and children born in China to North Korean mothers to make it to safety and freedom without cost or condition. We garnered information about escape routes through China and Southeast Asia and established relationships with individuals on the ground who can help refugees safely cross borders. The free passage model ensures that refugees are treated with dignity and respect throughout the dangerous journey, and allows them to begin their new lives in freedom without the burden of broker loans.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Resettled refugees face significant challenges, as they must quickly adapt to new societies that their previous lives in North Korea did not prepare them for. We work to encourage and empower resettled refugees in their new lives in freedom. Our work focuses on building a community that will equip them to pursue their dreams and empower them to become agents of change on this issue. We provide services like resettlement counseling, interpretation and translation services, education grants, and we host regular community events and workshops to assist refugees as they begin their new lives in freedom.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

North Korea represents one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today, but the international response has not matched its scale. We’re working to change the way the world sees North Korea, so the North Korean people get the international support they deserve. We do this by:

-Creating media and campaigns
-Speaking at schools, places of worship, community centers, and homes
-Mobilizing Rescue Teams, local LiNK chapters in schools and communities who fundraise and share the stories of the North Korean people
-Engaging media and policy makers

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

We engage in research and strategy that directly influences our ability to achieve our mission. Through interviews with North Korean refugees and ongoing research, we work to develop long-term, people-focused strategies that will accelerate positive change inside the country. By collaborating with a variety of stakeholders, we continue to develop a holistic understanding of the issue in order to create and implement the most strategic approaches possible. We also utilize this research to provide updated information and important insights to the public and in briefings to relevant governments and institutions.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Refugee Rescues

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These stats indicate the number of North Korean refugees and children born to North-Korean mothers in China 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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Changing the Narrative

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Changing the Narrative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These statistics indicate the estimated number of people we have reached online through our website and various media outlets. Numbers prior to 2017 include only unique website visitors.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Post-Resettlement Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 and children born in China to North Korean mothers 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.

As of October 2019, we have:

-Rescued over 1,150 North Korean refugees and over 90 children born in China to North Korean mothers
-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

Successfully piloted an exciting new program that brought five resettled North Koreans to the United States for a 3-month intensive advocacy training program. In this program, they learned more about the North Korean issue and how to be dynamic and influential advocates. These advocated reached over 2,200 people at 19 in-person events and collaborated with major media outlets to share their unique stories.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    COVID-19 has been especially hard for our North Korean friends who have resettled in the United States and South Korea. After surveying clients, it was clear that we needed to do something specifically in response to the increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, which are being further amplified in a time of quarantine and social distancing. Because of this, we launched a new program as a part of our broader post-resettlement assistance and empowerment work, to deliver care packages to clients living in various parts of South Korea. Not only do these deliveries provide much needed supplies, they also give us the opportunity to spend time with our clients in person, which reminds them that they are not alone.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Liberty in North Korea

Board of directors
as of 1/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jensen Ko

Archegos Capital Management LP

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jensen Ko

Archegos Capital Management LP

Hannah Song

Liberty in North Korea

Justin Wheeler

Funraise

John Park

Henry Bedford

Southwestern Company

Gloria Lee

Wonnie Park

Peter Lee

PJ Tech LLP

Scott Sugino

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Paul Kruger

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.