North Korea Freedom Week Report

The Isabella Foundation’s North Korea Freedom Week Event with Kim Hee-yeon, Dr. Pavel Klein, Han Soo-ae, Dr. Lee Ae Ran, Suzanne Scholte, Kim Seong Min, and Lee Wi-ruk (not pictured)

For the second time in a row due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, North Korea Freedom Week was conducted online again in 2021 rather than in person. Under the overall theme of Open North Korea, the Isabella Foundation hosted the Open Borders segment on April 28 by interviewing four North Korean defectors who currently live in South Korea. Other organizations sponsored NKFW 2021’s two other segments: Open Hearts, and Open Minds. Additional event reports, videos, and transcripts are available at

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Conversation with “Jade”, a North Korean defector

On Tuesday, February 23, Isabella Foundation held an online meeting with our friends and supporters that included a conversation with “Jade”, a defector from North Korea. Speaking from Seoul, Jade described leaving North Korea on her own as a seventeen-year-old girl, surviving two harrowing years as a restaurant worker in China, escaping China, and finally … Read more