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Mindy Kim
Mindy Kim Research Intern Spring 2021
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Mindy Kim is a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Tufts University, where she is studying in the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy program and focusing on the Asia Pacific region. Her interest in human rights for North Korea started in undergrad when she joined the school’s LiNK team and grew deeper during her time at Fletcher. She is particularly interested in the legal obligations that arise on different governments regarding North Korean defectors and their human rights. Mindy hopes to learn more about these issues in-depth from the perspective of a human rights organization and is excited to contribute to this field.

Madeline Hieneman
Madeline Hieneman Research Intern Spring 2021
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Madeline Hieneman is a second-year graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. She currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee for HanVoice, a Canadian organization advocating for North Korean human rights and change on the Korean peninsula. During her time at HanVoice, she has led a team of researchers and completed research on the nexus between international security and human rights in North Korea. A native of Kentucky, Madeline graduated from Morehead State University with bachelor’s degrees in history and international studies. She studied abroad and taught English in South Korea. As an intern for HRNK, Madeline hopes to expand her knowledge on North Korea and looks forward to working with colleagues also passionate about North Korean human rights.

Emalyn Atkins
Emalyn Atkins Research Intern Spring 2021
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Emalyn Atkins is a graduate student at The University of Alabama, pursuing a Master of Arts in Economics. Her research and career interests lie within the intersection of international diplomacy and sustainable development, with strong attention towards the East Asia region. During her master’s degree, she has performed research on the trade relationship between China and the United States and how it has affected global North Korean relations. As an intern at HRNK, she hopes to deepen her knowledge of North Korea and to advocate for human rights for the entire Korean peninsula.

Audrey Gregg
Audrey Gregg Research Intern Spring 2021
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Audrey Gregg is a recent graduate of New York University, where she studied economics and Korean and served as the vice president of Freedom for North Korea, a student-run organization that seeks to raise awareness of the human rights crises in North Korea through conferences and educational events. She currently works as a freelance translator with Daily NK, and formerly with 주성하TV, a YouTube channel created by Joo Seong-ha, a North Korean defector and journalist at Dong-a Ilbo. 

Audrey has been interested in the politics and history of North Korea for many years, and hopes to someday apply her analytical background to a career in the field. As an intern at HRNK, she is excited to contribute to invaluable research that will be used to inform policy toward North Korea and help advocate for the 25 million people living north of the DMZ.

Seshni Moodley
Seshni Moodley Research Intern Spring 2021
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Seshni Moodley is a LLB (Bachelors of law) graduate and is currently studying towards her LLM (master’s degree) in human rights law.

The mass human rights violations are what sparked her interest in North Korea. She was especially interested in the inhuman treatment of the women in North Korea. The devastating human rights violations experienced by the women in North Korea prompted her to act by joining this organization.

The violation of women’s rights is a prevalent issue on a global scale that has worsened over the years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This necessitates more action to be taken towards the eradication of these violations.

Damian Reddy
Damian Reddy Research Intern Winter 2020
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Damian is a Law graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is also an admitted attorney in South Africa. He is currently completing his Master of Laws degree in Human Rights and intends to focus his final thesis on the human rights violations being perpetrated in North Korea and the duty of the international community in uncovering and prosecuting such violations as crimes against humanity. Damian believes that we are all world citizens. An injustice that happens in one part of the world should not be viewed as an isolated event. Instead, it should be seen as an offence to us all. If one more voice can be added to the cry against injustice, then it is one more chance to make a difference and bring about positive change. As an intern at HRNK, Damian hopes to gain a deeper understanding on the extent of the human rights situation in North Korea; the path needed to promote peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and to simply gain a broader understanding on human rights around the world. Personally, Damian would like develop his research and writing skills to be able to contribute to the international community in matters of human rights. 

Carter Thompson
Carter Thompson Research Intern Winter 2020
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Carter Thompson is a recent graduate of the University of Manchester where he earned his MA in Criminology. Previously, he earned a BA in International Studies with a concentration in Security and Foreign Policy from Virginia Tech. During his master’s degree, he focused his research on North Korean political prison camps, trying to uncover the reasons preventing international intervention on behalf of human rights abuses in North Korea. This research opened his eyes to the true scope and nature of the problem in North Korea, sparking a passion to continue researching as he hopes to raise awareness of the situation while also deepening his own understanding of East Asian politics and culture. He understands that he has a lot to learn and is excited about this opportunity to work with the HRNK team.

Rick Herssevoort
Rick Herssevoort Research Intern Winter 2020
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'Rick Herssevoort is a fourth-year student at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, pursuing a B.A. in European Studies with a specialization in politics and international affairs. Having always been interested in the Korean peninsula, the contrast between the two Koreas, and its history, he had the privilege of studying abroad for a semester at the University of Seoul. Through his internship, Rick hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the severe North Korean human rights issues and how to best help raise awareness and advocate for the human rights of the North Korean people. As a European Studies student and EU citizen, he hopes to advocate for human rights at EU institutions as well. In the future, Rick aspires to become a diplomat or work at an NGO promoting peace, democracy, and human rights worldwide.

Sophia Hapin
Sophia Hapin Research Intern Winter 2020
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Sophia Hapin is a junior at American University, pursuing a major in International Studies and minor in International Business. Her thematic areas include environmental sustainability and global health as well as national security and foreign policy with a regional focus in East Asia and the Pacific. By working at Americans for a Free Syria in 2019, Sophia recognized the intensive work required to combat human rights abuses. Now, as an intern at HRNK, she continues to advocate for human rights and hopes to deepen her knowledge of North Korea.

Sophia also plans to study at Yonsei University in Seoul next fall to further her interest in East Asia relations. In the future, her goal is to research the intersection of economic development and climate change with regard to its effect on both human rights and national security abroad.

Grace Shin
Grace Shin Research Intern Winter 2020
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Grace Shin is a junior at Emory University, majoring in English and minoring in Korean Studies. Growing up as a Korean-American allowed her to first gain knowledge about the humanitarian crisis in North Korea, which later grew into an interest and passion as she heard the story of a North Korean's escape at a LiNK event during her sophomore year of college. This event not only opened her eyes to the seriousness of the situation in North Korea, but also stimulated her desire to take part in the cause. Because she plans on pursuing a career in Korean Studies, she aims to learn more about human rights as well as North-South relations through her internship at HRNK.

Tristin Schultz
Tristin Schultz Research Intern Fall 2020
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Tristin Schultz is a third-year student at Seattle University pursuing studies in international relations and economics, with a special focus in the political economy of Asia and the Korean Peninsula. As a 2019 David L. Boren scholar, Tristin participated in intensive Korean-language studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. This experience combined with his own Korean heritage has inspired Tristin to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, where he hopes to aid in fostering lasting economic and political stability on the Korean Peninsula.  

As a research intern at The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), Tristin looks forward to refining his research and writing capabilities. Furthermore, through working with experts in the field of North Korean human rights, he wishes to contribute towards redirecting the North Korean narrative to encompass the ongoing human rights crisis.

Jungeun Lee
Jungeun Lee Research Intern Fall 2020
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Jungeun Lee is a senior at McLean High School in Northern Virginia. Living in Korea for 14 years, she learned about North Korea’s humanitarian situation for years. In elementary school, she started to participate in small but meaningful activities, such as the Piggy Bank Campaign and knitting scarves for the escapees. After witnessing their hardships and as a young Korean interested in science, she believed that science education would be a fundamental building block for reconstruction. Through the HRNK internship, she hopes to gain more in-depth knowledge about North Korea and further aims to contribute to the Korean unification process as a science lecturer.

Doohyun Kim
Doohyun Kim Research Intern Summer 2020
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As a defector who miraculously escaped North Korea, Doohyun KIm seeks to fight for freedom and human rights alongside HRNK. He knows firsthand the operations of the North Korean government and the human rights it infringes on. His father died in a North Korean prison camp. He was sentenced to eight years, but died after two, and Doohyun could not claim his father's body until the full eight-year sentence was complete. It is a ruthless government, and the people suffer under such rule.

Doohyun is well-suited to help North Koreans because he knows their needs and understands the pain and struggles of defecting. He will be an asset to HRNK because of the experience and knowledge he has gained as a North Korean defector. Fighting for human rights for North Koreans is his mission in life. Doohyun is thankful to HRNK for fighting for human rights for North Koreans as a North Korean defector. He is eager to contribute his skills and apply his expertise at HRNK.

Doohyun is a senior at Utah Valley University, majoring in Global Politics. He also, studied at Seoul Cyber University in South Korea, majoring in Business Administration.

Another interesting fact: He is a YouTuber; his channel is called "Escaping Paradise."

Timothy Goo
Timothy Goo Research Intern Summer 2020
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Timothy Goo recently completed his B.A. in International Relations at Wheaton College. Over the course of his undergraduate studies, he also studied at Stanford University, Waseda University, and Sophia University. The dynamism of East Asian politics is central in his studies; an interest that is fueled by his Korean ethnic roots and two-year study abroad program in Japan.

While in Japan, Timothy also had the privilege to do a graduate research internship at the Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies, Waseda University as a volunteer research student and research assistant. Furthermore, he was presented with the opportunity to contribute a piece of writing for the program, AM/NESIA: Forgotten “Archipelagos” of Oceania, in the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019.

As an intern at HRNK, Timothy looks forward to refining his research skills and working with experts in the field of North Korean human rights.

Hayoung Paik
Hayoung Paik Research Intern Spring 2020
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Hayoung Paik is a master’s student at the University of Maryland’s College of Education, majoring in International Education Policy. Her specialization is Education in Emergencies and Conflicts. As a Korean who lived in Japan for almost 20 years, Hayoung has always been aware of the significance of South Korea-North Korea-Japan-US relations for the stability and peace in East Asia. Her further interest in human rights violations in North Korean education and its role in maintaining the current regime led her to the internship at HRNK. Taking advantage of her Japanese language proficiency and educational background, Hayoung would like to deepen her understanding of international relations surrounding East Asia, human rights issues in North Korea, and conflict resolution in the Korean peninsula with emphasis on education. Hayoung holds an M.A. and B.A. in English literature from Tohoku University, Japan.

Jeune Kim
Jeune Kim Research Intern Spring 2020
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Jeune Kim is a second-year student pursuing an M.A. in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Her specialization is in Security, Law, and Diplomacy. She is also a student in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Security Studies at the Clements Center for National Security. She received her B.A. in History and in Linguistics at the University of Texas. Her primary interests include U.S.-Korea relations and U.S. foreign policy in East Asia. She would like to deepen her understanding of the political, economic, and social climates of both North and South Korea, and the threats to their stability. She would also like to study the implications of these factors for their relationship with the United States as well as their effects on the broader geopolitical framework. Through this internship, she would like to develop important knowledge and skills of how to confront human rights issues in North Korea. 

Grace Warwick
Grace Warwick Research Intern Fall 2016
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Grace Warwick is a senior studying Foreign Policy at American University's School of Professional and Extended Studies for Fall 2016. Her home university is Baylor University, where she studies International Studies. She has always been interested in human rights and became more invested in North Korean human rights after studying one semester at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. After taking a course on North Korean Politics and Society, she became more passionate about the issues that exist on the peninsula. She hopes to gain further knowledge and understanding of the issues through her work at HRNK, which will enable her to continue working with this topic in her future career. 

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Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., Greg Scarlatoiu, Amanda Oh, & Rosa Park
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