Greg Scarlatoiu is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) in Washington, D.C. He has coordinated 28 HRNK publications addressing North Korea’s human rights situation and the operation of its regime. He is a visiting professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul as well as instructor and coordinator of the Korean Peninsula and Japan class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Scarlatoiu is vice president of the executive board of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). Prior to HRNK, Scarlatoiu was with the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington, D.C. He has over six years of experience in international development, on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. For fifteen years, Scarlatoiu has authored and broadcast the weekly Korean language ‘Scarlatoiu Column’ to North Korea for Radio Free Asia. A seasoned lecturer on Korean issues, Scarlatoiu is a frequent commentator for CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and other media organizations. He has published op-eds and letters to the editor in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has published academic papers in volumes produced by organizations including The Hanns Seidel Foundation, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and the International Journal of Korean Studies. He has appeared as an expert witness at several Congressional hearings on North Korean human rights. Scarlatoiu holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations. He graduated from the MIT XXI Seminar for U.S. national security leaders in 2016-2017. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. He is fluent in Korean, French, and Romanian. A native of Romania born and raised under that country’s communist regime, Scarlatoiu is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Sabina E. Silkworth is the Accounting Consultant at HRNK. Mrs. Silkworth has been with the Committee since its inception in October 2001. She has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and non-profit field. A Washington, D.C. native, Mrs. Silkworth graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in Financial Management and Summa Cum Laude from George Washington University with a Master of Accountancy. She is married, has four kids, and resides in Maryland.
Rosa Park is the Director of Programs and Editor at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), where she has worked since 2011. Ms. Park has conducted interviews with numerous Korea experts and North Korean escapees, including the first interview with Ji Seong-ho after his State of the Union appearance in January 2018, which are published on HRNK Insider. Ms. Park has also completed editorial and graphic design work on all of HRNK’s publications over the past eight years. In addition to managing the HRNK internship program, Ms. Park directs conference and public outreach programs in Seoul, Washington DC, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Geneva. Ms. Park was a leading member of the team that gained United Nations consultative status for HRNK in April 2018, making HRNK the first civil society organization in the U.S. focused solely on North Korean human rights to achieve this status. Ms. Park has been featured in CNN, BBC, VOA, USA Today, NBC, Democracy Digest, Epoch Times, and KEI's Korean Kontext. She had the honor of being listed as one of the Asian American and Pacific Islander National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders in May 2019.
Ms. Park received an M.A. in International Politics from American University's School of International Service, an M.A. in Korean Studies from Korea University, and a B.A. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service with a minor in Graphic Design.
Amanda Mortwedt Oh is a Human Rights Lawyer at HRNK in charge of a series of more than 30 studies monitoring and investigating North Korea’s political prison camps through satellite imagery and escapee testimony. Her research focuses on human rights, international criminal law, and North Korea’s prison camps. Amanda authored a report that was submitted to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea (COI) on behalf of HRNK and co-authored a Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights study calling for a “Rights Up Front” policy toward North Korea. She holds a Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied “North Korean State and Society” and wrote her thesis on North Korea and transitional justice. Amanda also serves as an attorney in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Raymond Ha is an editorial consultant for HRNK, and was the Office Manager & Outreach Coordinator from 2014 to 2016. He has participated in editorial work on publications including North Korean House of Cards: Leadership Dynamics Under Kim Jong-un; Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism; Pyongyang Republic: North Korea's Capital of Human Rights Denial; and Gulag, Inc.: The Use of Forced Labor in North Korea's Export Industries. He has a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and is currently a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Stanford University.
Huiwon Yun finished her LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law and received a first degree in law with a Samsung scholarship from SungKyunKwan University (SKKU). She completed her Juris Doctor degree from SKKU University College of Law. She is licensed to practice law both in the State of New York and in South Korea. She has always been interested in human rights issues in North Korea. She worked as a legal intern at the South Seoul Prosecutors’ Office in the Yangcheon District, Seoul, South Korea, and at the Legal Research and Training Institute in Giheung-gu, Yongin, South Korea. She has been working for HRNK as a legal intern and a consultant for the past few years.
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C., has launched a report titled North Korea’s Long-term Prison-labor Facility Kyo-hwa-so No. 1, Kaech’on. This report is part of a comprehensive long-term project undergone by HRNK to use satellite imagery and survivor testimony to shed light on human suffering in North Korea. This study combines former prisoner testimony collected in 2019 with declassified satellite imagery
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THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019. Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018 is a nearly thirty-year study monitoring the health and human rights conditions of North Korean children. “Health” is defined by the World Health Organization as a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of dis
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