Our 3,000-mile secret rescue routes start in Northern China and end once a North Korean refugee reaches Southeast Asia and is processed to safely travel to South Korea or the United States.
It’s a modern-day underground railroad.
Throughout their entire journey refugees are in constant danger of being arrested and repatriated. But our partners on the ground are there to ensure a refugee’s safety and dignity.
North Korean Refugees Rescued
*includes children born in China
Reunited With Family
North Koreans Rescued in 2020
Here are tangible ways you can help
Covers the cost of food for a North Korean refugee for one day of their dangerous journey
Equip a refugee with a rescue phone so they can be in constant contact with our team, helping ensure their safety
Provide a family of four with safe shelter for a night in China
We rescue North Korean refugees without cost or condition. 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 repaying thousands of dollars to brokers for helping them escape.
The cost of rescues varies on where a North Korean refugee begins their journey. The closer they are to the North Korean border when our partners find them, the greater the cost because of heightened security and increased travel time. A generous foundation funds these high-risk extractions from the border region.