Ae Ri escaped North Korea with her sister and mother after her father passed away. She is now living in freedom where she enjoys playing soccer and going to school without having to worry about survival.
Eun Ji was born in North Korea so she had to keep her favorite pastimes—dancing and singing to South Korean pop music—secret. She was rescued and now lives in freedom.
Ga Yeon was born in North Korea, but is now on her way to a new life in freedom where she will have the chance to fulfill her human potential.
North Korean refugees have reached freedom through our Refugee Rescues Program.
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Every year, thousands of North Koreans risk their lives to escape political persecution and economic hardship. If caught trying to escape or caught in China and sent back, they are at risk of extremely harsh punishments, including brutal beatings, forced labor, forced abortions, torture, and internment in a political prison camp. To make matters worse, while hiding in China, their illegal status forces them to work in invisible industries and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers and sex traffickers, as they have no recourse to any authorities. Although many refugees try to escape, many do not have the resources or connections to get themselves out of China.
We rescue refugees without cost or condition and ensure their safety and dignity on the 3,000-mile journey to freedom.
We believe that North Korean refugees have huge potential to succeed in their new lives and many can even become agents of progress on this issue. Our Resettlement Assistance Program is designed to ease the adjustment process for newly-arriving North Korean refugees and to offer capacity-building services that help them become self-sustaining individuals. We accomplish this through personal development, career development, and financial services.