Founded in the spring of 2011, ENoK is a 501(C)(3)-approved non-profit organization registered with the Illinois Secretary of State Office.  ENoK also has a recognized student organization at the University of Chicago.

We are a small, dedicated group of students and recent graduates with the passion to be true friends of North Korean refugees who are struggling to start new lives in the United States and other parts of the world.

Our mission is to:

EMBRACE North Koreans

To help break down barriers between North Korean defectors and “others”

EMPOWER North Koreans

To help North Korean refugees transition to the new society and life through life-support programs such as life-skills training, job training, and education

EMANCIPATE North Koreans

To raise awareness of dire situations and human rights violations being committed in North Korea as well as the plight of North Korean refugees scattered across Asia