Join the Atlas Network and the Frederick Douglass Memorial & Historical Association for a special program celebrating the 197th birthday of the Honorable Frederick Douglass, one of the most profound human rights leaders of the 19th century.

The work of Frederick Douglass is as relevant today as yesterday. Casey Lartigue, Jr., a thought leader on the human rights atrocities suffered by North Koreans, will discuss how Douglass's ideas apply to the current discussion on North Korea, the "Underground Railroad" to freedom from North Korea, the Teach North Korean Refugees Project and what you can do to help.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 14 at 5:00 P.M. Light Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. 


Casey Lartigue, Jr. joined the Atlas Network as a Fellow in December 2013. He lives in South Korea where he is the Director for International Relations for the newly established Freedom Factory Co. Ltd. In addition, he is the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School (for adolescent North Korean refugees) in Yeoju, South Korea. He is the co-director of the Teach North Korean Refugees project at the Mulmangcho Human Rights Center and a columnist with the Korea Times. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association in Washington, D.C.

He was previously a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom in Washington, D.C. and hosted the Casey Lartigue Show on XM Radio 169 The Power. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and a former member of the Young Executive Network of the Washington Scholarship Fund. He is co-editor of the book Educational Freedom in Urban America. Lartigue received a bachelor’s degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a master’s degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Cherie Yang is a North Korean refugee who was born in Hye Ryeng, Hamgyenbookdo. Her father was imprisoned for allegedly engaging in an illegal business shortly after Kim Jeong-Il cracked down on wealthy people. Through foreign media, she realized that the North Korean regime had been lying about the outside world. Her family soon escaped from North Korea in their search for freedom, which ended with her successfully emigrating to the United States in 2007.