Hope for Forgiveness


  • 2001
  • June               Elected as the 2nd term president of WCCW
                            Chair, Board Directors:  Dr. Shin, KyungLim

    June               Cong. Lane Evans (D-IL) introduced H.Res. #195, urging Japanese government to make an apology and appropriate reparations to surviving WWII sexual slavery victims

    July                 Cong. Lane Evans and WCCW held a press conference with Kim, Soon Duk, a surviving victim, on Capitol Hill

    June – Aug:   Hosted demonstrations in Washington DC to protest:
                            1)  US Government’s seeking dismissal of the lawsuit of Comfort Women
                            2)  the Japanese government’s distorting atrocities of WW II victims in their textbooks
                            3)  Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine   

    June – Dec.  Launched a petition campaign to the U.S. Dept. of States and Dept. of Justice to allow: Comfort Women to have their day in court

    Sep               Cosponsored ‘Morning Prayer Meeting for America and Terrorist Victims’, joined by the Korean Church Association of Greater Washington at Jefferson Memorial Park, DC

    Nov              Campus Tour: Co-hosted photos exhibits and forum on Comfort Women at Cornell Univ., Harvard Univ., Yale, New York University, Princeton, and Georgetown University

    Nov               Co-hosted symposium and art exhibit with the Asian Pacific Awareness Foundation of Tampa Bay, Florida

    Dec               Joined the 7th International Conference in Sino-Japanese Relations of WWII, DC, Elected Dr. Bonnie Oh as the Chair of WCCW Board Directors

    March            The Mid-West Campus Tour:  Travelling Exhibit and Seminars at: Wisconsin Univ., Northwestern Univ. Ohio State Univ. and the Univ. of Michigan

    April               Co-sponsored Sino-Japanese War Memorial Exhibit & Panel Discussion, ‘Comfort Women and Labor,’  hosted by American University

    May               Ms. Lee-Hahm, DongWoo attended the Asian Regional Symposium Demanding Liquidation on Japan’s Past, PyungYang, North Korea

    May                Attendance at "Asian Regional Symposium Demanding Liquidation  of Japan's Past" in Pyongyang, North Korea.


    Dec               The Appellate Hearing on comfort Women at  DC Circuit Court to appeal Judge Henry
                         Kennedy Jr’s dismissal of the Comfort Women class action law suit, in Oct. 2001


    Feb                Co-sponsored Boston Tour: the seminar and art exhibit on the Comfort Women
                         with Boston College,  MIT University, Wellesley College, Tufts Univ.

    March            Co-sponsored the Snnual Korean-American Student Council (KASCON) at Cornell

    June                 Dismissal of the Appeals of the Comfort Women by Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, Judith W.
                          Rogers, and Davis Tatel

    June                Cong. Lane Evans introduced H. Res. 226, urging Japan should formally issue a clear and
                          unambiguous apology to the Surviving Comfort Women


    June                The US Supreme Court issued an order on the Comfort Women case to be remanded in the
                          lower court

    Sep                Co-sponsored: Georgetown Univ. hosted forum, seminar and art exhibits and screening
                          of a movie on Comfort Women, Lines of Violations (LOV) by Andrew Ward


    Feb                Cong. Lane Evans introduced H.Res. 68, urging the Japanese government to issue an official
                         apology and come up with legal reparations to Comfort Women victims

    Feb                 Co-hosted seminar and forum at Georgetown Law School

    Feb. – Oct  Launched global petition campaign with the Global Alliance for Preserving the Truth of
                            WWII,  demanding UN not to allow Japan to be a permanent UN Security Council member

    March            Court Hearing on Comfort Women at Federal Court

    May                 Joined the International Conference Demanding Redress from Japan,  Tokyo

    June                Court dismissed Comfort Women lawsuit


    Feb                Cong. Lane Evans and Christopher Smith (R-NJ) introduced H.Res. 759 (the same content as previous one)

    Sep                 H. Res. 759 was passed unanimously by the Int’l Relations House Committee, Chairman, Henry Hyde

    Dec                 Stephen Choi, elected as WCCW  Board of Directors


    Jan                 Cong. Mike Honda (D-CA), sponsored by Cong. Ed Royce (R-CA), Christopher Smith (R-NJ),
                        Diane Watson (D-CA), David Wu (D-OR), Phil Hare (D-IL) and Madaleine Bordallo (GU),
                        introduced H.Res. 121, urging Japanese government to acknowledge, apologize and accept
                        historical responsibility in unequivocal manner.

    Feb                 US House Hearing on Comfort Women was held by the House Foreign Affaires
                        Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment.  President Ok Cha Soh
                        testified at the Hearing with Mindy Kotler, Lee, YongSoo, Kim, KunJa, and Jan Ruff O’Herne

    May                Protest demonstration at front of the White House against Japanese PM Abe’s visit

    Feb. – July                WCCW campaigned and solicited congressional members to secure co-sponsors of H.Res. 121

    June                H. Res. 121 passed at US Foreign Affairs Committee, Chairman, Tom Lantos

    July                U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the H.Res. 121 urging the Japanese government for formal apology and accept  historical responsibility for its Imperial Army Force’s coercion of young women into sexual slavery.