Advocacy Fellows

The Advocacy Fellows Program cultivates and develops young North Korean defectors into advocates, storytellers, and agents of change on this issue

The North Korean regime has dominated the narrative both inside and outside of the country, even attempting to suppress North Korean defectors who are living in South Korea and the United States. So when a North Korean person makes the brave decision to share their story with the world, it's one of the most radical and impactful ways to change the narrative and bring the attention back to the people.

What Advocacy Fellows Do
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Working with our Media team, Advocacy Fellows help produce video content that shares their story and perspectives.


Advocacy Fellows meet with decision makers to shift their focus to where it belongs – on the North Korean people.


Advocacy Fellows share their personal stories through speaking events, interviews, and more.

Advocacy Fellows
Bella Ha
Bella is a 2nd year student at Ewha Womans University pursuing a double major in Political Science & Diplomacy and North Korean Studies. Her goal is to attend law school in the future and help those who are facing legal challenges. Through the Advocacy Fellows program, Bella hopes to change people’s perceptions of and draw greater interest to North Korea by sharing her story and learning from one another.
Lily Jo
Lily is a 3rd year student at Korea University studying Health Policy Management. For the past 2 years, she’s been engaging in advocacy on campus as president of Libertas, the North Korean Human Rights Society. Her goal as an Advocacy Fellow is to raise awareness about the reality of human rights abuses in North Korea, specifically towards children, and share about the hardships of living in South Korea as a North Korean defector.
Grace Kang
Grace graduated from Sungshin Women's University in 2022 with a major in Nursing Science. She worked as an operating room nurse before founding “For Legacy,” a start up providing online memorial services for North Korean defectors. Her goal as an Advocacy Fellow is to use her voice to help improve the lives of those still in North Korea and share with the world how hard it is to live without the protection of your birth country.

"Through the Advocacy Fellows program, I became sure of my identity as an advocate for the North Korean people.

When I toured the U.S. as an Advocacy Fellow and I saw the way American young people hung onto every word of my story, I realized that I had to continue doing this work."

Ill Yong, 2018 Advocacy Fellow
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