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

April 8, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights, and Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) introduced a resolution encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families.

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 nearly 70 years. Rep. Bass and her colleagues have 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.”

“An estimated 100,000 Korean Americans with family members in North Korea have not seen or heard from their loved ones in more than 60 years,” said Rep. Young Kim. “As a Korean American, I understand and have great empathy for Korean Americans’ continued separation from their families in North Korea, and have been pushing to reunite these family members since before serving in Congress. Time is running out to reunite these war-torn families, which is why I am proud to co-lead this bipartisan resolution to show Congress is united in wanting to right this terrible wrong and reunite Korean Americans with their war-torn loved ones.”

Read the resolution here.