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Funk Family Upstander Speaker Series: Joseph Kim

February 20 @ 7:00 pm



Joseph Kim was five years old when famine came to North Korea. He and his family, along with millions in the country, struggled to survive. When Joseph was 12, his father died of starvation, and he was separated from his mother and sister. Now homeless, Joseph was placed in a detention center and labor camp for children. Knowing the odds of survival were against him, he escaped into China and ultimately came to the United States as a refugee with the help of missionaries and the international NGO, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). Today, Joseph is an Associate and Expert-in-Residence, Freedom and Democracy at the George W. Bush Institute. He continues to speak out about human rights abuses in North Korea, the importance of human dignity for all, and the impact hope can have on the fight for freedom and democracy.


Hannah Song is CEO of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). She joined in 2006 as Deputy Director, managing day-to-day operations and coordinating overseas programs, including underground shelters and refugee resettlement efforts in the United States and in South Korea. At the end of 2008, she became CEO, re-founding the organization with a new mission and vision. Prior to joining LiNK, Hannah worked in advertising at OgilvyOne and Mindshare focusing on digital media and emerging technologies. She is a 2008 NetKAL fellow and a 2016 Ashoka Korea Fellow.

Liberty in North Korea is an international NGO working with the North Korean people to achieve their freedom. LiNK has helped over 1,300 North Korean refugees and their children escape through a modern-day underground-railroad, supporting them in their new lives in freedom and helping build their capacity as storytellers, advocates and agents of change. LiNK also develops strategies and tools to increase North Korean people’s access to outside information and technology inside the country.


About the Moderator

Chris Walsh serves as Director, Freedom and Democracy at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Mr. Walsh manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Mr. Walsh worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey. Mr. Walsh is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.

The Funk Family Upstander Speaker Series showcases individuals and organizations who stand up for human rights on a local, national, or global level.

Named in loving memory of Blanche & Max Goldberg | Fannie & Isaac Funk.


February 20
7:00 pm
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Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
(214) 741-7500
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Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
300 N. Houston St.
Dallas, Texas 75202
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(214) 741-7500
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