Eun Sook Lee
Eun Sook Lee is the Director of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund. She has also worked with Unbound Philanthropy and the Four Freedoms Fund on initiatives related to administrative relief and the DACA program and supported the formation of the Asian American and Arab American Collaboration for Deferred Action in Chicago.
Eun Sook Lee is the former senior deputy for Congressmember Karen Bass, executive director of the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), executive director of Korean American Women In Need, and Station Manager of CKLN Public Radio in Toronto, Canada. She is also the former Co-Chair of APIAVote, Vice Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Commissioner for the Los Angeles City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and President of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund. She is currently a member of the California Commission for APIA Affairs. EunSook was born in Hwasoon, South Korea, and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She later immigrated to the United States in 1994.
- "Korean American Communities Applaud Passage of House Resolution Supporting Redress for Former Comfort Women
- "JOINT STATEMENT ON THE UNANIMOUS BIPARTISAN PASSAGE OFHOUSE RESOLUTION 121 By:
- "(Los Angeles, CA) House Resolution 121, introduced by Representative Mike Honda (D – CA), states that Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner, refute any claims that the issue of comfort women never occurred, and educate current and future generations “about this horrible crime while following the recommendations of the international community with respect to the ‘comfort women’.” Korean American communities are overjoyed with the news.
- "In 2001, Representative Lane Evans (D – IL) introduced the first ever resolution to address comfort women redress. Present on that day to announce the bill’s introduction was the late Soon Duck Kim, former comfort woman and a leading spokesperson from the House of Sharing (collective home for former comfort women based in Kwangju, Korea). Since that historic moment, Rep. Lane Evans and later Rep. Mike Honda have tenaciously re-introduced similar resolutions. After six years, H. Res. 121’s passage brings the former comfort women one step closer to justice.
- "About Comfort Women: During WWII, 300,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured by the Japanese military. 80% of the women were from Korea. Only 25% are estimated to have survived. Those who lived were often unable to return home out of shame and have lived a life of severe mental and physical trauma. For decades now former comfort women have shared spoken out demanding justice. But despite growing international pressure, Japan has refused to acknowledge its moral and legal responsibility, even omitting facts about wartime atrocities, including sexual slavery, from school textbooks."
Committees of Correspondence Connection
- Korean American Communities Applaud Passage of House Resolution Supporting Redress for Former Comfort Women, accessed February 13 2018
- Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94