Ways You Can Get Involved

CONTACT YOUR SENATOR TO REQUEST SUPPORT FOR HR 1771
The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2013 (H.R. 1771) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 26, 2013 by Congressman Edward Royce of California.  A summary of H.R. 1771 is available here. To view the full text, click here.  After over a year of effort, this bill finally passed the House in July 2014 thanks to the work of many individuals and organizations, including Congressman Ed Royce Congressman Eliot Engel for sponsoring this legislation, Joshua Stanton and Hunter Strupp for articulating the importance of this legislation, Louise Van Horne, Teresa Ost, Peter Kang, Nancy Purcell, Linda Dye, Lisa Orme, Jason West, and many more.  The fact that this bill finally sailed through not long after our colleagues from the Korean American Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom led by Pastor Peter Sohn and Sam Kim and hundreds of second generation Koreans were on Capitol Hill is no coincidence.  The efforts of the Federation of Korean Associations and Angela Lee, Judy Yoo and Joana Chong were incredible this past year.

We are halfway there!  We urgently need your help encouraging members of the Senate to introduce and sponsor this bill.  Please feel free to use the text from this sample letter to contact your Senator. As you know, this bipartisan legislation would impose tough, targeted financial sanctions on North Korean leaders who are responsible for crimes against humanity and would significantly decrease North Korea's profoundly egregious human rights abuses. These powerful financial sanctions are similar to those that were effective against Kim Jong Il, before they were prematurely lifted. Similar sanctions have also imposed effective pressure on Iran, Burma, and Sudan. The legislation takes up the Call to Action of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, which published its detailed findings on Feb 7, 2014. A summary of the COI report is available here.

TIP: Communication spaces where you can submit text on most websites of elected officials provide the quickest and most effective way to send your message.  You can access individual Senator websites here, and individual Representative websites here, or simply perform an internet search of your elected official's website by his or her name. Telephone calls are also excellent, as is "snail" mail (however mailed letters typically have a 2 week delivery delay due to security reasons). If your elected official is already a co-sponsor of the bill, please take time to thank him/her for supporting the bill.

FREE NORTH KOREA RADIO RANKED BEST WEBSITE FOR NORTH KOREA NEWS: HELP SUPPORT THIS STATION:  According to every single survey taken of North Korean escapees, Free North Korea Radio continues to be the most popular non-governmental program ever to broadcast into North Korea. It also continues to be ranked as the highest visited website for North Korea news.  It is because they are breaking news stories all the time.  Every month we have remarkably been able to raise the funds to cover the transmission of the broadcast of this award winning station staffed by North Korean defectorsWe need your continued support. Two possible ways you can help:

Make a direct tax deductible donation to Defense Forum Foundation, 3014 Castle Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 -- or online at www.defenseforumfoundation.com

and/or

Buy a T-Shirt from Lisa Orme:  Lisa Orme is selling T-Shirts that have an outline of the Korean peninsula stating I am their voice: freedom, democracy, unification  for $25 (75% of funds raised go to Free North Korea Radio and 25% to the KCC). She can take credit card payments as well as checks. To order email Lisa at iamtheirvoicenk@gmail.com

ATTENTION AMERICANS: PLEASE SEND A LETTER FROM AMERICA TO BE BROADCAST INTO NORTH KOREA:  These letters expressing our hopes and dreams for the people of North Korea are a powerful way to introduce to North Koreans what Americans are really like and tear down the negative image that NK government propaganda has instilled in the minds of North Koreans.  Please send a message from you to North Koreans (you only need to include your first name, city and state of residence).  The letter will be read, translated, and broadcast into North Korea by Free North Korea Radio, a radio station run by NK defectors.  Please send your letters via email to skswm@aol.com, and note in subject area "Letters from America".

SUPPORT RESETTLEMENT IN THE U.S.: Please consider a tax-deductible gift for these U.S. based non-profit organizations working for North Korea human rights:

Sponsoring North Korea Defectors Resettlement in the United StatesHelping Angels for North Korea Refugees, contact Pastor Heemoon Lee: heemoonlee@hotmail.com

Publishing Research and Focusing Attention on Human Rights in North Korea: The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea: http://www.hrnk.org/

SEND A GOSPEL MESSAGE INTO NORTH KOREA: Find out how your church can sponsor a gospel message broadcast into North Korea through Free North Korea Radio, an award winning Seoul based radio station staffed by North Korean refugees broadcasting news and information into North Korea. The sponsorship program is led by the Defense Forum Foundation. Click here for more info in Korean and English.