Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 23rd

3 pM - Wreath Laying Ceremony

  • Organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition
  • Hosted by the Korean War Memorial Foundation

Every North Korea Freedom Week begins with this emotional ceremony where former North Korean soldiers, raised from childhood to hate Americans, lay a wreath to honor the Americans and others who died for South Korea’s freedom and pledge to honor their sacrifice by dedicating their lives for North Korea’s freedom.

Location:

Korean War Veteran's Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC

Featuring:

  • North Korea Freedom Week defector delegation including members of the North Korea People’s Liberation Front (Former DPRK Soldiers).

This event is open to the public and no registration is required.

Monday, April 24th

1 PM to 4pm - North Korea’s Gulag:

Addressing an Ongoing Humanitarian Emergency

  • Organized by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)
  • Hosted by GW Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (GW THiNK)

Location:

  • George Washington University Betts Theater, Marvin Center, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC

Speakers:

  • North Korean Escapee Delegation, Suzanne Scholte, Greg Scarlatoiu, Roberta Cohen, Anthony Ruggiero, Nicholas Eberstadt, Jason West, and Rosa Park

Please RSVP to Rosa Park at rosapark@hrnk.org.

Tuesday, April 25th

5 pm to 6:30 PM - Film screening and discussion on refugee resettlement issues in the united states

  • Organized by NKinUSA
  • Hosted by the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Location:

  • 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Room 518, Washington, DC

Featuring

  • Film Screening of "I am Grace", a documentary by Director Christopher H.K. Lee about NKinUSA's Vice President Grace Jo's path to becoming a U.S. Citizen and finding her true identity.
  • Discussion of refugee resettlement issues in the United States.
  • This event will be followed by a reception.
  • After the reception, everyone is invited to our vigil in front of the Chinese Embassy, which is a short walk from UDC Law.

Please RSVP Here

7 pm to 9 pm - Vigil for North Korean Refugees

  • Organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition

North Korea Freedom Coalition activists and the visiting defector delegation will gather to remember and read aloud the names of the North Korean men, women, and children forcefully repatriated to North Korea by Chinese authorities to face certain torture, certain imprisonment and even execution.

Location:

  • In front of the Chinese Embassy, 3505 International Pl NW, Washington, DC

Featuring

  • A reading of THE LIST of North Korean Refugees & Humanitarian Workers Seized by Chinese Authorities
  • Artwork presentation by Grace Jo, Vice President, NKinUSA

Wednesday, April 26th

12 PM to 2 pm - The ORPHANS of north korea

Special luncheon presentation on the plight of children and orphans in North Korea

  • Organized by the Isabella Foundation
  • Hosted by Georgetown University Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK)

This event will include defector testimony from Lim Hye Jin, Kim Ji-young, and Jinhye Jo on how the regime uses orphans and other children for slave labor and how North Korean orphans suffer in China. It will also include a discussion of successful programs to help North Koreans with Park Jung Oh as well as a call to action focused on ways to address this human rights tragedy.

Location:

  • Georgetown University - Leavey Center Program Room

Featuring:

  • Lim Hye-jin, New Korea Women's Union
  • Kim Ji-young, Free North Korea Radio
  • Park Jung-oh, Keun Saem Education Center
  • Jo Jinhye, NKinUSA

Please RSVP Here

6:30 pm to 10 pm - North Meets South Unification Concert and cultural event

  • Organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition
  • Hosted by GW Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (GW THiNK)

More information coming soon!

Please RSVP Here

Thursday, April 27th

9:30 AM 12:30 pm - World Congress of North Korean Defectors

  • Organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition
  • Hosted by Ambassador Jung Hoon Lee

This is part of a worldwide movement (third in a series) spearheaded by Ambassador Lee and will include special testimonies by North Korean defectors, reading of a declaration and leading experts on preparing for unification.

Location:

  • The National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington DC

Featuring:

  • Ambassador Lee Jung Hoon
  • Defector Leaders Huh Kwang Il, Choi Jeong Hun, and Park Sang Hak
  • Experts Dr. Katy Oh, Dr. Tara O, and Greg Scarlatoiu

No Admittance Without RSVP

Please RSVP to Hannah@defenseforumfoundation.org.

12:40 PM to 1:30 pm - Demonstration Against China’s Repatriation Policy and Support of DPRK

  • Organized by the North Korea Freedom Coalition

Location:

  • In front of the CCTV America office, 1099 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC

Friday, April 28th

12 PM - Capitol Hill Forum Working for Regime Change in North Korea Through Broadcasting & Other Means

  • Organized by the Defense Forum Foundation
  • Hosted by the US Congress

This program will highlight the work by defectors to get information in and out of North Korea including outreach to those in power to bring about regime change and the end of the Kim dictatorship. Leaders of Free North Korea Radio, Fighters for Free North Korea and the North Korea People’s Liberation Front will inspire you with their incredible work to liberate their homeland from tyranny.

Location:

  • Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226, Washington, DC

No Admittance Without RSVP

Please RSVP to RSVP@defenseforumfoundation.org