Hope for Forgiveness

WCCW HISTORY

Activities of the Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues, Inc.

1992-2009 | 2010-2015 | 2016

1992

11/24 황금주 할머니 증언
12/14  WCCW 창립

1993

9/3 an open letter to Japanese Prime Minister Hosokawa from WCCW president was published on Washington Post. Later, the 24 members of US Congress sent the similar letter to Hosokawa (d.Nov.1993) urging Japanese government to investigate the sexual slavery of Comfort Women.

1994

June Organized large protests in front of White House "Asian and American United to Redress Japanese War Crimes" and to confront Japan's emperor Akihiito during his visit to President Clinton in Washington, D.C.
Oct

Videotaped interviewing of 15 surviving Comfort Women in Seoul to preserve their testimonies. The WCCW video of "Comfort Women" was displayed.

1996

May Presentation on "Comfort Women" at the U.S. Congressional press conference. D.W. Hahm requested insertion of Comfort Women issues into H.R.126 since there was no mention of that issue.

1997

June Provision of historical pictures of Comfort Women to Time magazine. Time magazine later featured a six-page article titled "Japan: The Furor Over Making Apologies to the Comfort Women."
July Congressional Representative William O. Lipinski, joined by other U.S. Congressional Representatives (69 members as of May 1998), submitted H.R.126 to the U.S. Congress urging the Japanese government to extend a formal apology and pay reparations to victims of Japanese war crimes.

1998

June Presentation of significantly expanded exhibit: "Comfort Women of World War II: An Indisputable Tragedy" at the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda on Capitol Hill.

2000

Sep Organized Human Rights Awareness "Year 2000 Remembrance:Women of Dignity and Honor," event at the Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill. Ten surviving comfort women from Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia were invited to be honored 'Women of Dignity and Honor.'
Sep Public interviews of "Comfort Women of World War II" event at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Washington, D.C.

2001

Sep United Nations Human Rights Committee recommends that Japan should ensure that school textbooks and other teaching materials should present history in "a fair balanced manner"; also victims must be compensated. And Japanese government should submit a report implementing said recommendations by June 30, 2006.
Nov WCCW co-sponsored Forum/ Exhibit on Comfort Womenjoined by Cornell University, Harvard University, Yale, New York University, Princeton, and Georgetown University
Nov 2001 U.S. College Tour: Lessons of Courage; Restoring Honor”held at Georgetown Univ. A former CW, Hwang, GuemJoo attended from Korea
Dec WCCW co-sponsored “Morning Prayer Meeting for America and Terrorist Victims” joined with the Council of the Korean Churched of Greater Washington.
Dec Hague Tribunal held in Netherlands' Japan's war criminals were prosecuted.
Dec Petition nationwide launched on CW lawsuit and mailed to Dept. of State and the Dept. of Justice
Dec Joined the 7th International Conference on Sino-Japanese Relations of WWII

2002

Mar DongWoo Lee-Hahm(1st term president) attended the Asian Regional Symposium Demanding Liquidation on Japan’s Past in Pyung Yang, North Korea
Mar Mid-West Comfort Women Tour: Seminar/ Traveling Exhibit held at University of Wisconsin University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University and the University of Michigan. A Comfort Women victim, Choi, KapSun gave testimony,
Apr Sino-Japanese War Memorial Exhibit & Panel Discussion, “Comfort Women and Labor” hosted by American University, co-sponsored by WCCW
May WCCW cosponsored the Asia/Pacific American Awareness Foundation symposium in Tempa, Florida/ Comfort Women Speakbook-talk/ WCCW travelling Exhibit/ Press Conference and a public discussion A former CW. Lee, Ok Sun from Korea attended
Sep An urgent appeal was registered to the Japan-North Korea Summit Meeting to urge the two leaders to address reparations and an apology for Japan’s colonial rules ad war crimes
Oct Participated in the Asian American Study Program, Univ. of Maryland, panel presentation on “Representation and Reparation pf CW and (im) possibility of Justice”
Oct Rally held in front of Japanese Embassy joined by the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Nov FilmScreening of Dr. DailSil Kim-Ginson’s “Silence Broken” at George Washington University
Nov Co-sponsored the Asian Study Symposium on CW at Brown University. A former CW, Hwang, Keum Ju joined from Korea
Dec The Appellate on Comfort Women held at D.C. Circuit Court Rally conducted in front of the court

2003

Feb Boston Campus Tour: Seminar and exhibit held at Boston College, Northeastern University, Boston College, MIT, Wellesley College, and Tufts University. A CW victim, Kim, Hwa Sun joined the event. WCCW co-sponsored.
Mar WCCW participated at the Korean American Student Council (KASCON) at Cornell University
Jun Dismissal of the Appeals of Comfort Women by Judges Douglas H. Ginsburg, Judith W. Rogers, and David S. Tatel
Jun Cong. Lane Evans introduced H.Res. #226, urging the Japanese government to formally issue a clear and unambiguous apology to the surviving Comfort Women victims.

2004

Jun The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order on the Comfort Women issue to be remanded in the lower court.
Sep “CW Art Exhibit” at Georgetown University, “Line of Violence (LOV) by Andrew Ward and the film by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, “Silence Broken” screened
Nov Symposium on CW at Georgetown Law School, Dr. Soh presentation made
Nov Word wide signature campaign launched for Japan not to be granted for UN Security Council Seat. “No Apology, No Seat!”

2005

Feb Cong. Lane Evans introduced H. Res. 368 to the House Floor, urging the Japanese government to issue an official apology and offer legal reparations to surviving Comfort Women victims.
Mar Court Hearing at the Federal Court on Comfort Women issues: Protest demonstration conducted in front of the Federal Court House, Washington, DC/ a former Comfort Women, Kang, Il Chul joined the event from Korea
Mar Press Conference at US Congress. Speaker, Cong. Lane Evans, the CW victim, Kang, Il Chul and Chinese NGO rep. joined
May Dr. Soh Attended International Conference Demanding Redress from Japan , held in Tokyo, Japan
Jun The Federal Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by the Comfort Women.
Sep Protest rally/ Press Conference at United Nations, New York, re. worldwide signature campaign, “No Apology, No Seat!
Oct Petition filed to the Supreme Court on Comfort Women issues

2006

Feb Cong. Lane Evans and Christopher Smith introduced H. Res. # 759, urging the Japanese government to extend an official apology to Comfort Women victims
Feb V-Day 2006 Spotlight: Justice to Comfort Women, Symposium/Press Conference was held on Capitol Hill. Lee, YongSoo from Korea joined
Sep H. Res. #759 was passed unanimously by the International Relations House Committee, Chair; Henry Hyde
Dec H. Res. #759 was not put to the House floor at Lame Duck session

2007

Jan Cong. Mike Honda introduced H.Res. #121 to the House floor, urging the Japanese government to acknowledge, apologize and accept the historical responsibility in a clear and unambiguous manner for its Imperial Army's coercion of young women into sexual slavery.
Feb The first House Haring on Comfort Women at the US Congress: Eni Faleomavaega, Subcommittee chaired the hearing. The surviving victims, Lee, Yong Soo, Kim, KunJa, Mindy Kotler and Ok Cha Soh testified at the hearing.
Jul H. Res. 121 passed unanimously at the U.S. Congress

2008

Jan Cong. Lane Evans, the forerunner of CW, retired from his office due to illness.

2010

July Letter to President Obama asking to help in securing the Japanese Government's official apology and reparation for the comfort women atrocity during WWII in accordance with US Congress HR 121.
December   Global Solidarity Action Day for the 1,000th Wednesday Demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC

2011

July Picket Rally on the 100th Commemoration of the Japanese Annexation of Korea(한일합방) in front of Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC and hand delivered the letter to Emperor and Empress of Japan bringing to Emperor's attention the urgent need to encourage the Japanese people and government to resolve for long-standing issue and redress the pain and suffering of those Comfort Women victims who are still alive.

2012

November Symposium and Art Exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of WCCW hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia to promote public awareness and educate future generation.
December   Global Solidarity Action Day for the 1,000th Wednesday Demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC

2014

May The Unveiling Ceremony of “Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden (CWMPG)” at Fairfax Government site in partnership with the Fairfax County Government. This CWMPG seeks to educate future generations with profound hope that the atrocities committed against Comfort Women will serve as a reminder and affirmation to the world that such crimes against humanity will not condoned, tolerated or forgotten in the future.
August  August 14 is 'Comfort Women Memorial Day,' an international day of solidarity and remembrance for the Comfort Women. Hundreds of thousands of women victims of human trafficking and enforced sexual slavery during WWII. WCCW and the South East Asian leaders prepared a letter to PM Abe. It was hand delivered to Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae in Washington, DC.
November Kick off seminar and exhibition on November 25th, on what is 'International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ so that we may stand with the United Nations and activists around the world to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls.

Seminar & Exhibition: The Sorrow and Hope of “Comfort Women” (at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, co-hosted by Catholic University, KOWIN DC Chapter, and WCCW

2015

January 10 WCCW Team Meeting Newly appointed officers and committee members had a meet-and-greet session to discuss the events planned for 2015 and the future directions of WCCW. (Rockville, MD)
February 21  WCCW Forum 2015 Featured the presentation by Former Chairman of WCCW BOD Moon H. Rhee on how the comfort women issue came to the public light, how Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues was founded in Washington DC area, and the importance of grassroots movement for the passage of HR-121 in 2007. (Vienna, VA)
March 16   Passage of MD Senate Res. 520 Maryland Senate Resolution 520 and SJR 3 sponsored by MD Senator Susan Lee passed in the Maryland State Senate. WCCW wrote and delivered a letter in support of the Bills. WCCW officers attended the senate session, and President Jungsil Lee delivered a speech at the passage of the Bill.  
April 28-29 PM Abe addressed at the U.S. Congressional Session Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the U.S. Capitol to deliver a speech. WCCW in cooperation with 12 other civic organizations based in the U.S. gathered over 700 participants in front of the Capitol to express concerns of Japan's past and current handling of the comfort women issues. WCCW provided transportation for the local participants and the accommodation for surviving victim Ms. Yong Soo Lee's visit to attend the congressional session with PM Abe in Washington, DC.
April WCCW successfully led a fundraising campaign for the Capitol rally and for placing a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post on 4/28/2015.
May 2 WCCW at the annual KOWINNER World Convention WCCW hosted the Session II panel (titled Wartime Atrocity against Women: Comfort Women Case) and another breakout session at the KOWINNER World Convention 2015. President Jungsil Lee, Ph.D., served as the moderator and panel organizer.
May 21 Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden (CWMPG) Anniversary Celebration WCCW celebrated one year anniversary of CWMPG in Fairfax County Government (Fairfax, VA). Presentations included a CNN news clip on the "comfort women" issues and select musical pieces from the upcoming off-Broadway musical "Comfort Women: New Musical."
June 3 Survisor Kim Bok Dong at the first Wednesday Protest in Washington DC WCCW supported a joint press conference with the Korean Council for Sexual Slaves Drafted by Imperial Japan, an NGO from the Republic of Korea, and the first joint Wednesday Protest in the U.S. attended by former "comfort women" Ms. Kim Bok Dong (in front of the Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC). President Jungsil Lee personally delivered letters from both organizations to the Embassy of Japan.
July 28 HR-121 Anniversary Celebration WCCW officers attended the 8th anniversary of the HR-121 on the Capitol Hill hosted by Korean American Civic Empowerment. President Jungsil Lee recited the text of HR-121 during the ceremony.

Press Conference WCCW organized a press conference at Corcoran School of Art and Design for Hyun Jin Kim, a South Korean lawyer who filed a lawsuit against the Government of Japan and Japanese companies affiliatd in abduction and transport process of "comfort women."
July 31   Comfort Women: New Musical
WCCW officers attended the opening night of the off-Broadway show in New York City in support of the first theatrical presentation of the WWII sexual slavery issue.
August 9 Prayer Concert by Japanese American musicians
Three distinguished Japanese American classical musicians dedicated the concert to the "comfort women" at Segeroh Church (Onley, MD) and WCCW President Jungsil Lee was invited to serve as a concert host.

Bicyclists on the cross-continent tour of the U.S.
WCCW met with two bicyclists en route the cross-continent tour of the U.S. to raise awareness for CW issues. WCCW organized a press conference and a Wednesday Protest in front of the Embassy of Japan, for the bicyclists.
September 2   CCTV Interview
President Jungsil Lee was invited as a guest commentator to "The Heart," a CCTV program, on the discussion of PM Abe's visit to the Capitol and comfort women issues.
September 1. WCCW Executive Committee Meeting (Potomac, MD)
2. WCCW Webinar Project Meeting (McLean, VA)
October  WCCW announced the Essay Competition, Art Competition, and the Webinar Research Project
November Memorial for Late US Rep. Lane Evans
WCCW hosted the one-year memorial ceremony of late US Representative Lane Evans's passing. Congressman Evans spearheaded the comfort women issues at the Capitol and was instrumental for the passage of HR-121.
December 29 WCCW Annual Meeting & Seminar
Guest speakers presented their study of the comfort women issues under the seminar theme, Accurate History Writing (Vienna, VA)

2016

November Symposium and Art Exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of WCCW hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia to promote public awareness and educate future generation.
December   Global Solidarity Action Day for the 1,000th Wednesday Demonstration in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC