Henry Song is a North Korea human rights activist based in the Washington, D.C. area and the Founder and Executive Director of The Song Foundation for North Korea Human Rights. He has been involved with this issue for over 15 years, and works with North Korean defectors and activists in South Korea, Japan, Europe, and North America on various projects and programs, and volunteers for several North Korean human rights organizations founded and led by prominent defector activists (Kuen Saem, Fighters for Free North Korea, Tongil Mom, Center for Liberty & Reunification, among others), and is also a volunteer manager for the famed defector painter, Song Byeok, and the interpreter for North Korean defector film director, Gim Gyu Min. Henry has been involved with the rescue and resettlement of many of the over 200 North Korean defectors who have been admitted to the US as refugees, and continues to have a close relationship with them, as well as with North Korean defectors in South Korea, Japan, Europe, and Canada.
He is a founding member and a member of the Board of Directors for PSALT NK (Prayer, Service, Action, Love, Truth for North Korea), and most recently, Henry served as the North America Director for No Chain.
He also serves as a freelance interpreter and translator for the North Korean defector community in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and elsewhere, and for visiting North Korean defector delegations from
South Korea, and has helped with interpreting for meetings of defectors with former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State John Kerry, current and former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and Samantha Power respectively, and various other South Korean, American, and European politicians and public figures. In addition, Henry has interpreted and translated for various Congressional Hearings, UN events, major international human rights events and conferences, and major media (TV+ radio + print) appearances involving North Korean defectors, and also has appeared in NK News, SCMP, VICE, and other media outlets for interviews. Henry has also consulted for major human rights organizations and NGOs onNorth Korean human rights projects, such as HRF (Human Rights Foundation), HRW (Human Rights Watch), OSF (Open Society Foundations), the G.W. Bush Institute, the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Family Research Council's (FRC) Values Voter Summit (VVS) in 2019, and CPAC 2020.
He has hosted more than a dozen North Korean defector delegation visits to the United States for events and meetings, and also brought North Korean defector speakers and participants for three consecutive years to the annual Korea Days event held at the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency). Henry sits on the board of the Belgium-based HRWF (Human Rights Without Frontiers), and was formerly on the international advisory board of Seoul-based NAUH (Now, Action & Unity for Human Rights). Henry hosted and organized the last in-person event featuring North Korean defectors in Washington, D.C., featuring the borderguard soldier who escaped through the DMZ, in March of 2020, before the COVID pandemic lockdowns began.
He is currently helping North Korean defectors with information dissemination projects into North Korea using the latest digital and information technologies, and most recently helped with and participated in defector speaking events at the Oxford Union, the British Parliament, the Taiwan International Religious Freedom Forum, the Liberty International World Conference, and the Values Voter Summit. Henry currently works as a consultant with a DC-based think-tank focused on the Indo-Pacific región.