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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Introduces Resolution Encouraging Reunions of Divided Korean-American Families

June 8, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, introduced a resolution encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families ahead of the White House’s summit with North Korea.

In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 60 years. Now, in light of new talks between the White House and North Korea, Rep. Bass, along with more than 10 of her colleagues, introduced a resolution calling upon North Korea and the United States to reunite divided family members within 60 days of the adoption of this resolution. 

“The institution of family is inalienable,” Rep. Bass said. “I’ve heard from constituents in my district who have been unable to see their family members for decades because of international conflict. This resolution divorces the two issues and shines the light on this plight hundreds of thousands of Korean-Americans are have lived with, some for the majority of their lives. This reunification should be a humanitarian priority of immediate concern, especially now as the talks with North Korea expand.” 

“American citizens of Korean descent deserve the US government prioritizing official family reunions with their direct relatives in North Korea,” said Jason Ahn, Board Chairman, Divided Families USA (DFUSA). “Over half a century has gone by with no discernible progress, and the upcoming talks with North Korea present the one and only opportunity for our grandparents' generation. We applaud Rep. Bass’s divided families resolution and urge President Trump to deliver on official US-DPRK divided family reunions.” 

You can read the full resolution here.