From February 27th – March 4th, an NKSC delegation from our office in Seoul, including Executive Director Mr Kang Cheol Hwan, travelled through New York and Washington DC to meet with current partner organisations, friends and supporters, as well as new organisations interested in learning more about our work in North Korean human rights advocacy and media dissemination.
Meetings in New York took us from the top of the Empire State Building to midtown coffee shops and bakeries- all to talk about one thing: how do we work cooperatively, and internationally, to progress reform of North Korean human rights?
NKSC were delighted to learn of The Korea Society’s commitment to raising awareness, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Korea – a mission that guides their calendar of public cultural and educational events, including an excellent public seminar series focussing on North Korea. We’re hoping to collaborate in the future, so stay tuned!
As well as The Korea Society, we visited our friends at Human Rights Foundation to thank them for their generous donation of $8,000 to NKSC for our media dissemination program. Thank you HRF for your continuous support! (And if you haven’t already, make sure you get the April print copy of WIRED magazine for a multi-page feature on media dissemination into North Korea that discusses NKSC and HRF’s work!)
Despite snow-storms battering our delegation as we hopped on-and-off buses, trains, and in-and-out of taxis, we continued on through the freezing cold to Washington DC, where we met with long-time friends and supporters of our work, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Mr Kang presented to a closed audience, including think tank policy officers and researchers, at a brown-bag session at the Wilson Center, talking broadly on the topics of North Korean-China border closures, media dissemination, and ‘The Interview’.
Thanks to the help of numerous, tireless and generous volunteers, our delegation was able to travel with ease throughout the Northeast during severe weather conditions, and connect with new individuals and organisations keen to support and partner with NKSC (all while sampling some of American’s great culinary offerings!). The dozens of hard-working and passionate people we connected with only reaffirmed the importance of our work at NKSC and organisations working in the same field, as well as the power of working collaboratively to make serious progress in North Korea. We can’t wait for our next visit to the States and for exciting programs ahead!