History

  • April
    • Daegu Hana Center, Kyungnam University security field trip program
  • May
    • Fifth International Seminar: ‘Ensuring Sustainable Integration’ co-hosted with the US embassy
  • July
    • US ambassador Mark Lippert Cafe Empathy visit
  • October
    • “Understanding Trauma” International Workshop (North Korean Migrant recovery plan)
    • Unification Cultural education exhibition program: Tong-Tong Theatre, ‘Talk Unification’ Concert (attended by Ryoo Kihl-Jae, Choi Wan-Gyu)
  • November
    • “Road to Unification” second joint camp “Imagining a Brighter Tomorrow”
    • Defector background students course program ‘Dream Tour’ presentation
  • December
    • Local Networking Workshop “North Korean Migrant Resettlement Support Problems and Directions”
    • “Overcoming the Mold” North-south Youth Photo Project photo exhibit
    • US Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs Office Director for Public Diplomacy Robin Diallo Cafe Empathy visit
  • February
    • Chris Williams, UK embassy secretary, special political lecture
  • April
    • Empathy Guesthouse Daegu Convention Bureau agreement
  • May
    • “Day of Law Open House” Daegu District Court Field Trip and Chief Judge meeting
  • June
    • “The Road to Unification” Joint Camp – Fulbright Scholars, Hana Center, North Korean defector youth joint camp
  • July
    • Hong Yang-ho, Kaesong Industrial Complex Chairman, Cafe Empathy visit
    • Empathy Han-ok Guesthouse established – Yoon Soon-young, Jung-gu Director attends opening
  • August
    • UK ambassador Scott Wightman Cafe Empathy visit
    • Radio Free Asia Broadcast and Daebuk Broadcast interview
    • Empathy Guesthouse designated a preliminary social enterprise by the Ministry of Employment and Labor
  • September
    • Minister of Unification Ryoo Kihl-Jae Daegu Hana Center visit
    • Daegu Metropolitan City Mayor Kwon Young-Jin Cafe Empathy visit
    • Daegu Metropolitan City Administrative Deputy Mayor Jung Tae-Ohk Cafe Empathy visit
  • October
    • Jung-gu (Central District) is awarded the Employment and Labor Minister’s award for “the operation of a good guesthouse working towards the revitalization of downtown cultural tourism” at the Job Competition of Local Governments.
  • December
    • Korean Human Rights Prize awarded to “Daegu Hana Center”
  • 2011
    • January
      • Daegu Metropolitan City Mayor Kim Bum-Il formal center visit
    • February
      • Cheong Wa Dae Social Unification Office official center visit
    • August
      • Kathleen Stevens US ambassador official visit – Daegu Hana Center honorary principal appointment, North Korean defector college student meeting
    • October
      • Second International North Korean Defector Resettlement Seminar: ‘Sharing Korean and American Experiences on Refugee Resettlement’ co-hosted with the US embassy.
  • 2012
    • January
      • launch of the Washington Leadership Program
    • March
      • North Korean Defector Youth English Conversation Program
    • April
      • KASM Chairman Na Seung-hee holds a special lecture
    • August
      • “Journey to Find Myself and Move On“ mental health program
    • October
      • North-South youth interchange program
    • November
      • Third International Seminar: ‘US-Korea: Learning From Each Other About Resettlement Issues’ co-hosted with the US embassy, US embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Bassett visit
  • 2013
    • February
      • “Finding my Dream and Moving on Educational Path Camp”
    • March
      • “Walking Together“ Cafe Empathy opening ceremony
    • June
      • Empathy corporation Empathy Guesthouse established
    • August
      • Empathy Guesthouse EXCO collaboration agreement.
    • November
      • Fourth International Conference: ‘North Korean Defectors in Korea and Insights from Refugee Resettlement in the US’ co-hosted with the US embassy.
    • December
      • “Local Society New Governance for North Korean Defectors” North Korean defector resettlement support local networking workshop
  • 2007
    • March
      • “North Korean Migrant Case Management Program” sponsored by The Beautiful Foundation
      • “North Korean Migrant Information Program” sponsored by the Ministry of Information and Communication
  • 2008
    • December
      • “Exhilarating campus!! Noble citizen!!” project sponsored by the Korea Development Bank Sharing Love Foundation
  • 2009
    • March
      • Daegu Hana Center “North Korean Migrant Local Adaptation Center” sponsored by the Ministry of Unification
    • April
      • Center for North Korean Migrants awarded the Minister of Information’s Prize of Commendation
    • December
      • ‘Symposium on an Era of Twenty Thousand North Korean Migrants’ co-hosted with the National Human Rights Commission and is joined by the US and German embassies.
  • 2010
    • March
      • Daegu Hana Center formally designated by the Ministry of Unification and Daegu Metropolitan City
    • April
      • US embassy regional general manager Thomas Underwood honorary principal appointment and center visit
      • North Korean migrantafter-school study room established
    • August
      • Sam Gerovich Australian ambassador center visit and round-table discussion with North Korean migrant college students.
    • September
      • Corporation name changed to “Empathy for a Better World”
  • 2003
    • March
      • The Volunteer Work Skills Development Institute begins North Korean migrant resettlement work.
    • April
      • Receives funding from the North Korean Defector Supporters Association
    • June
      • Center for North Korean Migrants opening ceremony.
  • 2004
    • July
      • North Korean migrant comprehensive assistive intervention programs begin
  • 2005
    • January
      • designated as a resettlement guide by the Ministry of Unification
  • 2006
    • March
      • Daegu Metropolitan City Government announces the “North Korean Refugee Ordinance”
      • “North Korean Defector Mental Health Support Project” sponsored by the North Korean Migrant Supporters Association
    • April
      • “North Korean Defector Women’s Recovery Program” sponsored by the Ministry of Gender