WHY WE RESCUE
Thousands of North Korean refugees have escaped their country, but are now at risk of exploitation & capture because they cannot afford the 3,000-mile journey to a safe country.
WHY WE RESCUE
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. That’s where we come in.
THE FREE PASSAGE MODEL
We rescue refugees without cost or condition & ensure their
safety & dignity on their journey to freedom.
After hearing countless stories of North Koreans who have struggled to pay or find brokers, or were even exploited and abused by brokers and other individuals while in search of freedom, we committed ourselves to providing a way for North Koreans to leave China without cost or condition. We have steadily garnered information about the escape routes through China and Southeast Asia and have established relationships with individuals who work in the “modern underground railroad” who can help us move refugees safely across borders. The free passage model ensures that refugees are treated with dignity and respect throughout the risky journey and allows refugees to begin their new lives in freedom without debt.
IT TAKES $3,000 TO RESCUE & PROVIDE
RESETTLEMENT SUPPORT TO A REFUGEE
BASIC NEEDS $250
Funds to provide food, new clothes and shoes, and other necessities that are needed for their time on the journey and during their transition to a third country.
The cost to transport the refugee, partners and staff during the 3,000 mile journey.
The cost to provide shelter for the refugee and our staff along the journey.
The amount we set aside for unforeseen emergencies and expenses along the journey. Whatever is not used from this amount is rolled into a larger contingency budget or into another rescue.
RESCUE FEES $1,350
This includes all costs for fines, fees, and the network of partners and staff in the underground to bring refugees to safety.
RESETTLEMENT SUPPORT $500
Our work doesn’t end after a rescue. Our Resettlement Assistance Program helps resettled North Koreans reach their full potential in their new lives. The services and opportunities we provide to them include study abroad, language training, personal development, education and career development, financial assistance, and cultural activities.
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STORIES OF REFUGEES WE’VE RESCUED
Meet Ji Young
Ji Young left North Korea in search of food, but once she arrived in China she was sold as a bride.
READ HER STORY
One of our happiest moments with Ben was the first time he was able to call his mom after living apart from her for three years.
READ HIS STORY
Meet Jung Hee
Jung-Hee resorted to picking plants in the mountains in North Korea after the police shut her down for selling goods…
READ HER STORY
We provide resettlement assistance to help North Korean refugees thrive in their new lives.