2024 North Korean Defector Women Delegation Visit

March 16-March 23, 2024
New York City/Washington DC

“The Jangmadang was like a battlefield without gunfire!”
“The Jangmadang was created with the blood and sweat of
North Korean women.”

North Korean Female Entrepreneurs

Dear Friends:

Please enjoy this report prepared for you by Johnny Park and members of our A Team regarding the March 2024 visit of North Korean women who were entrepreneurs in the Jangmadang. We believe we achieved our objective to show it was the women of North Korea who created the effective market system that even today 80% of the population relies on to survive AND South Koreans absolutely do not need to worry about the economic burden of regime collapse. Once the dictator’s boot is lifted off their necks, North Koreans will create the miracle of the Taedong just like South Koreans created the miracle of the Han! This was a unique delegation unlike prior delegations in that the focus was not human rights but markets. One comment I heard after the Capitol Hill forum was that the testimonies were among the most impactful they had ever heard because it was about the real-life situation North Koreans face every day. Please be inspired by this report and note the reactions of our three eyewitnesses. Everyone involved made this a great success!

Acta Non Verba,

Suzanne Scholte
Chair, North Korea Freedom Coalition

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International Day of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea’s Freedom 북한의 자유를 위한 국제기도와 금식의 날

Each year, the International Day of Prayer and Fasting for North Korea’s Freedom falls on April 28, the anniversary of the first-ever North Korea Freedom Day hosted in 2004. We will host the Opening Ceremony and International Prayer Service on the evening on April 28 in the United States, which is the morning of April 29 on the Korean Peninsula. While everyone is invited to pray for North Korea on April 28, wherever they are, this event will feature prayers by North Korean Pastors and other international leaders.

매년 4월 28일은 2004년 제1회 북한자유의 날을 기념하는 북한의 자유를 위한 국제기도와 금식의 날입니다. 미국 시각으로 4월 28일 저녁, 한국 시각으로 4월 29일 아침에 개막식과 전세계에서 함께 드리는 기도와 예배가 진행됩니다. 북한을 위한 기도와 금식이 전세계에서 진행되는 동안, 본 행사에서는 탈북민 목회자들과 국제적 리더들이 기도를 인도할 예정입니다.

Save the Date: Empowering North Korean Women through Markets

Join us for a pivotal UN Commission on the Status of Women event from March 17-21, 2024. Highlighting “North Korean Women: Overcoming Poverty and Discrimination Through the Market System,” this special panel will feature a distinguished delegation of North Korean defectors sharing their inspiring journeys.

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Time: 12:30 pm
  • Location: Church Center UN, 10th Floor, New York City

Volunteer and Support:

We’re seeking dedicated volunteers for event coordination in NYC and Washington, D.C. Additionally, to support our delegation, we aim to raise $18,000 for travel, accommodation, and event costs. Every donation, big or small, helps elevate these critical voices at the UN CSW and beyond.

Your Impact:

By volunteering or donating, you’re not just supporting an event; you’re amplifying voices of change and joining a global movement for justice and equality.

For more information and to meet our courageous speakers, please click here:

Thank you for your support and generosity.

Warmest regards,


North Korea Freedom Week 2023 Acknowledgements

20th Annual North Korea Freedom Week
September 17-September 23, 2023

NKFW 2023: “Let’s End Kim Jong Un’s Hereditary Dictatorship to Liberate the People of North Korea who are the Slaves of Juche Ideology.”

Dear Friends:

For my opening introduction, Nancy Purcell summed up the 20th North Korea Freedom Week the best, so I am just going to quote her as she has been to nearly every single NKFW since we started this event in 2004 to promote the freedom, human rights, and dignity of the North Korean people. She knows best as an impartial observer, so here’s Nancy: “This year’s NKFW was the best yet, in my opinion. I sensed a new spirit among the North Korea defectors;one of hope, boldness, and courage. They were united in their messaging throughout the week’s events; united among the defectors who have been out of decades and those who escaped just this year. There was unity of purpose and focus as well among the Koreans, Japanese, and Americans. The top purpose and focus are to get information into North Korea by air, land, and sea with promises to spend more time, effort, and money towards that goal. I am excited to see that vision of bombarding North Korea with the truth come to fruition!” I agree with that message! Please enjoy this summary report that Johnny Park prepared for you.

Acta Non Verba,

Suzanne Scholte
Chair, North Korea Freedom Week 2023

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Save North Korea Refugees Day Report 2023

Activists Worldwide Call on Xi Jinping:
Stop Repatriating North Koreans

Dear Friends:

Despite many years of advocacy and worldwide attention by so many of you, it was devastating to learn that China has started the repatriation of children, women, and men back to North Korea. It is unclear if the entire 2,600 that have been detained since COVID have all been sent back or if only half of them have been forcefully repatriated in groups of hundreds, but this advocacy must continue.

Even though it is extremely discouraging, we must continue this work and we should reflect on some significant developments that have resulted from your efforts as advocates for the North Korean refugees:

First, the UN Special Rapporteur, Elizabeth Salmon, and three UN working groups have spoken out strongly on this issue as well as the Special Envoys for South Korea, Ambassador Shin-wha Lee, and the United States, Ambassador Julie Turner.

Second, Xi Jinping and the CCP in China know that what they are doing is wrong, and they know the world is watching. Hence, the reason they are trying to do this quietly because of your success in raising awareness of this crisis.

Third, this will continue to be an issue until the tyranny of the communist regimes in North Korean and China end. 

Fourth, never underestimate the power of your actions and your words even if it sometimes seems in vain. I have shared this with many of you before but I had thought about how hopeless it all seemed until I met three different individuals: two North Korean women who had been victims of trafficking who had contemplated suicide and one South Korean man who had been beaten and tortured in jail in China. When they heard that people like you were standing up for them, it gave them the hope to live, to survive. You gave them the will to continue because they knew they were not suffering unknown and alone.

So, we pause briefly here for a moment with this report prepared for you by Johnny Park as we thank and show our great respect to the folks listed in these pages who raised their voices against great evil to be a voice for those who could not speak.

The fight goes on.

Acta Non Verba,

Suzanne Scholte

Designed by Grayson Jang, Defense Forum Foundation
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Urging Action for Human Rights in North Korea

A Call to Support Crucial Legislation

In the face of daily hardships and human rights abuses, the people of North Korea persist. Yet, their struggle often remains unheard on the global stage. As we sit comfortably in our homes, we must remember our responsibility to use our freedoms to give voice to the voiceless.

This summer, we are partnering with the Korean Church Coalition (KCC) to urge Congress to take action on important legislation regarding human rights and freedom in North Korea. These bipartisan bills and resolutions, introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, are aimed at alleviating the suffering of North Koreans and holding the Kim regime accountable for ongoing crimes against humanity.

Please join us in supporting the passage of these bills by signing our petition. The petition will be delivered to all members of Congress in mid-July by members of the Korean Church Coalition (KCC) during their annual visit to the nation’s capital who will be joined by members of the North Korea Freedom Coalition.

Otto Warmbier Way

Please click here to sign our petition supporting the renaming of East 44th Street and 2nd Avenue Otto Warmbier Way.

Otto Warmbier was a 22-year-old American student who was arrested in North Korea in January 2016 and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel. He was released from North Korean custody in June 2017 in a comatose state and died just days after his return to the United States.

Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia, where he was studying economics and had a bright future ahead of him. He was in China as part of a study abroad program when he decided to take a brief trip to North Korea. After his arrest, Warmbier was forced to make a public confession to the crime of stealing the propaganda poster, which many believe was coerced. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 years of hard labor, which he spent in captivity until his release.

Warmbier’s release came after months of diplomatic efforts by the US government. However, Warmbier’s tragic condition upon his return to the US quickly revealed the horrors he suffered at the hands of the Kim family regime. Warmbier’s family revealed that he had been in a coma for over a year and had suffered severe brain damage, likely as a result of physical torture and abuse during his captivity. The North Korean government denied any mistreatment, claiming that Warmbier had fallen into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.

The death of Otto Warmbier is a tragic reminder of the dangers posed by the North Korean regime and the human rights violations committed against both foreign nationals, like Otto Warmbier, and against the citizens of North Korea.

NK Women Speaking Tour Report Coming Soon

Dear Donors and Supporters,

On behalf of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your support of our spring 2023 North Korean women speaking tour. You have enabled us to bring the stories and experiences of North Korean women to the U.S. Congress, State Department, and the United Nations, shining a light on the dire human rights situation in the country and inspiring action towards change. We look forward to sharing our report on this week’s events with you soon.

Through our speaking tour, we have been able to give a voice to those who have been silenced for far too long. North Korean women have faced unimaginable hardships, including forced labor, sexual violence, and political oppression, yet they remain strong and resilient in the face of adversity. Your support has allowed us to amplify their voices and share their stories with the world.

However, our work is far from over. The human rights situation in North Korea remains dire, and the women we have brought to speak are just a few of the many who continue to suffer under the oppressive regime. We need your help to continue our mission of promoting human rights and freedom for the people of North Korea.

If you are able, we kindly request your additional support towards our ongoing efforts. Your contributions will help us continue to bring the stories of North Koreans to new audiences, advocate for policy changes to improve the human rights situation in the country, and support refugees who have escaped the regime.

Thank you once again for your generosity and support. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of the North Korean people.