Resettlement Support Headquarters

     

The Resettlement Support Headquarters provides North Korean victims of human rights violations the support they need for social resettlement and psychological stability.

After the establishment of the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, we discovered through the human rights survey process that there were numerous North Korean defectors that were suffering from psychological aftereffects due to their experience with human rights violations. Therefore, the Resettlement Support Headquarters was established in 2005 in order to assist North Korean human rights victims with the process of adjustment for psychological, social, and cultural difficulties. From the moment they escape from suffering human rights violations to the burden of living in an entirely new environment, our experts work with victims to ensure their independence and stability. The Resettlement Support Headquarters also plays a role in recommending policy through their research on psychological treatment for North Korean human rights victims and the reality of their resettlement in South Korean society.

Victim Relief







Prisoners of
 War/Abductees

Social readjustment education and support for returned prisoners of war, abductees, and victims who were detained for long periods of time, subject to forced labor, and other human rights abuses.







Human Rights and 
Victims of Torture

Psychological counseling, medical support, and case management support for those subject to physical and mental abuse while in North Korean detention and interrogation facilities.







North Korean Victims of
Human Trafficking

Support for psychological counseling, treatment, and social readjustment for victims of mental and physical abuse caused by human trafficking and forced prostitution in China.







Unprotected
Defectors

Providing support for unprotected defectors and those born in a third country who are ineligible for official South Korean defector resettlement support through resettlement support, Healing Camp, and connection with other forms of support.


Support Background


- Those who experienced torture and assault in places such as North Korean police holding camps and prisons

- Those who have resettled in South Korea, but are experiencing difficulties such as depression, stress, 
and discomfort, as well as those suffering pain from physical and psychological aftereffects

- Unprotected North Korean Defectors

- Returned prisoners of war and abductees


Exclusive Recipient of Funding

from the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture

 

The NKDB Resettlement Support Headquarters works as one of only two South Korean partners

of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT)

(2014 - present, 8 consecutive years)

Providing victim-centered support,

helping to overcome their struggles together.

Based on the human rights violations survey, we focus on restoring the honor and rights of the victims, standing by their side and giving them a voice. Additionally, we assist the victims in overcoming their trauma and hardships to take control of their own lives, while also supporting their successful resettlement in South Korean society and role as primary agents of a unified Korean society.


“Erasing the darkness in your heart and filling your life with thoughts of hope.”

With a comprehensive understanding of North Korean society, North Korean defectors, and human rights violations, all of our expert counselors and social workers hold at least a master’s degree










Conducting effective psychological counseling using a variety of techniques in consideration of the special circumstances of North Korean human rights victims. (Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Family Counseling)










We conduct a number of overnight camps to assist in promoting the psychological stability and competence of victims that include Forest Healing Therapy, Art Therapy, cultural activities, and forming self-help groups. 









Providing medical support to victims who require hospital treatment due to the physical and psychological aftereffects of their experience with torture.











In order to resolve an array of difficulties with the adjustment process, we provide services matched to the needs of the victim, providing opportunities for cultural experiences to promote leisure and cultural activities.


Cooperating Organizations and Advisors


- Dr. Jong-hoon Park, Anam Hospital, Korea University

- Attorney Boknam Yun, Hankyul Law Group

- Professor Sook-young Lee, Professor of Counseling, Konkuk University

- Professor Eun-gyeong Oh, Professor of Counseling, Sahmyook University

- Professor Ok Kyung Yang, The Graduate School of Social Welfare, Ewha Women’s University

- Sun-hwa Kim, Section Chief, Macheon Social Welfare Group


Publishing Storybooks and Oral History Research Through Narrative Exposure Therapy

We conduct Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) for those victims who have experienced complex trauma. While looking back and recording their lives, noting not only the specific trauma, but their entire lives from the sad memories to the happy memories, victims are able to integrate their life experiences and see their memories of trauma as only one piece of their lives. Additionally, if victims want to share their stories with others or show a willingness to publish their stories in order to help other victims, we provide support to publish their experiences as a storybook.


This foundation of recorded experiences serve as vivid historical documents themselves. Since the establishment of NKDB, while recognizing the importance of records on POWs and abductees, not only do we archive these human rights violations in the NKDB Unified Human Rights Database, but with the use of testimony, we also continue to conduct seminars to recommend policy and release published materials such as books and reports.

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Resettlement Support Headquarters History

 2014 ~ 2021

ㆍRecipient of funding for North Korean victims of torture from the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT) (2014-2021) 

Entrusted by the Ministry of National Defense with carrying out resettlement projects for returned Prisoners of War (2014-2021) 

Resettlement services for returned abductees (2015-2021) 

UNODC Project for improving the social adjustment for female victims of North Korean human trafficking (2018-2020) 

Capacity building project for female victims of North Korean human rights violations, sponsored by the Sungjoo Foundation (2018) 

Counseling for victims of North Korean human rights violations, sponsored by the US State Department’s Julia Taft Fund (2015-2016) 

Initial settlement support project for unprotected North Korean defectors (2015-2021) 

Seminar on the realities of resettlement for unprotected North Korean defectors and policy recommendations (2015) 

Pilot program providing resettlement support for returned abductees (2014) 

 2009 ~ 2013

Follow-up services (resettlement assistance) for returned Prisoners of War (2013) 

Social Adjustment Education for returned abductees (2013) 

Establishment of the POW and Abductee Resettlement Assistance Center within the Resettlement Assistance Headquarters (2012) 

Pilot program for follow-up services (resettlement assistance) for returned Prisoners of War (2012) 

Research conducted on the Oral History and follow up services for returned Prisoners of War (2010-2011) 

Social Adjustment Education for returned Prisoners of War (2009) 

Group counseling program for improving the self-esteem of North Korean youth defectors (2009) 

2005 ~ 2008

Conducted a group program to help North Korean defector youth adapt to school and establish a career path (2008) 

Interaction time for revisiting the relations between North Korean defectors and South Korean supporters (2008) 

Conducted pilot project providing social adjustment education to returned prisoners of war (2008) 

Becoming a healthy helper for North Korean defector resettlement (2007) 

Research on creating integrated procedures for improving the mental health of North Korean defectors (2006) 

Nationwide integrated service support project for improving the mental health of North Korean defectors (2006) 

Support project for overcoming PTSD through group and counseling services for North Korean human rights victims (2005) 

NKDB Resettlement Assistance Headquarters established (2005)

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