Grace Jo

Grace Jo

Grace Jo is a North Korean defector and activist who serves as vice president of North Korean Refugees in the USA (NKinUSA), a nonprofit founded by defectors that aids North Korean refugees in the United States and China. Jo was born in North Korea, where she witnessed her father and two of her brothers die of starvation. She was repatriated twice to North Korea by the Chinese government and was imprisoned upon her return. In 2006, Jo and her two remaining family members fled to China with the help of a pastor. Two years later the UN refugee agency rescued Jo and her family, enabling them to enter the United States as refugees. Today, Jo lives outside of Washington, D.C. and works as a dental assistant to earn a living while attending classes at a local community college. Alongside her family, Jo has protested the forced repatriation of North Korean escapees hiding in China, and was a guest of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power at the UN Security Council session on North Korean human rights.