Human Rights in Hard Places Speaker Series: North Korea - Perspectives from a Defector and Policymaker


Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 11:45am to 1:00pm


Wexner 102

The Carr Center’s Human Rights in Hard Places talk series offers unparalleled insights and analysis from the frontlines by human rights practitioners, policy makers, and innovators. Moderated by Sushma Raman, the series highlights current day human rights and humanitarian concerns such as human rights in North Korea, migration on the US-Mexico border, and the dismantling of democracy.

Joseph Kim, North Korean defector, and Lindsay Lloyd, Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute will give a talk titled, " North Korea - Perspectives from a Defector and Policymaker"


 Joseph Kim is the assistant to Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. He was born in 1990 and grew up during the famine in North Korea. After his father died of starvation, he got separated from his mother and sister. Becoming homeless, he lived on the streets and began begging to survive in black markets of North Korea. He eventually escaped to China, where he connected with an international NGO called Liberty in North Korea, who helped him on his journey to freedom, resettling in the United States in 2007 as a refugee.In 2013, he spoke about the importance of hope at TED, and published a memoir titled “Under the Same Sky”. Joseph interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Korea Chair as a research assistant. He completed a B.A. in political studies from Bard College, and published a thesis titled, “Marketization in North Korea is Corrupting the Corrupted”.

Lindsay Lloyd is the Bradford M. Freeman Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute where he manages original research and programmatic efforts to advance freedom and democracy in the world. Lindsay currently leads the Bush Institute’s Freedom in North Korea project, which raises awareness of human rights violations in North Korea, proposes new policy solutions, and engages leaders to help improve the lives of the North Korean people. Lindsay is also responsible for managing the Freedom Collection, a multimedia archive that documents the stories of nonviolent freedom advocates from around the world. Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Lindsay served for 16 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), most recently as senior advisor for policy. Previously, he was IRI’s regional director for Europe and co-director of the regional program for Central and Eastern Europe, which was based in Slovakia. At IRI, Lindsay worked with candidates, elected officials, political parties, and civil society activists to develop lasting democratic institutions.