Joseph was born in 1990 and grew up during North Korea's devastating famine. At the age of 12, he lost his father to starvation and was separated from his mother and sister, ending up on the streets as a homeless teenager. After escaping to China and connecting with LiNK’s network, he made it to the United States in 2007. Today he is studying international relations and has advocated for the North Korean people at the UN and from the TED stage.
Sun Mu was trained by the North Korean Army as a propaganda artist, but escaped and hid in China for three years before making the long journey to South Korea. He now uses his art to express his feelings about his homeland and the Kim regime and to tell stories about life as a North Korean.
Sung Gyu worked as a factory purchaser in North Korea and smuggled defectors across the Tumen river for extra money. After being exposed for helping a high-profile North Korean escape, he immediately fled to China fearing for his life. His family followed soon thereafter but his son was arrested in China where he was beaten routinely and nearly repatriated. With LiNK's help, his son was released and was able to join Sung Gyu and his wife, making it safely to South Korea.
Hannah joined LiNK in 2006 as Deputy Director, managing day-to-day operations and coordinating overseas programs, including underground shelters, fact-finding missions and refugee resettlement. At the end of 2008, she took over management of the organization as she became President and Chief Executive Officer.
Justin joined LiNK in 2007 as LiNK's Vice President. Through innovative campaigns and programs, he strives to engage people around the world and create direct and meaningful ways to support the North Korean people.
Meet Sun Mu and enjoy an exclusive exhibition of his world-renowned political pop art. Often compared to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, Sun Mu is a former North Korean propaganda artist who escaped in 1998. His provocative paintings and artworks satirize the North Korean regime and provide a voice for the North Korean people. He conceals his identity and operates under the pseudonym Sun Mu, which means “no lines” or “no boundaries,” to avoid endangering his family back in North Korea.