Please join the Atlas Network and the Foundation for Government Accountability in Naples, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the North Korean Experience. You will hear from Atlas Network Asia Outreach Fellow Casey Lartigue, Jr., along with North Korean refugee Cherie Yang who will share her experience with the tyrannical regime and her journey to freedom.

As a part of our William Sumner Event Series, this event is hosted by the Foundation for Government Accountability and co-sponsored by Atlas Network. Scroll down to learn more about our William Sumner Event Series.

There is no cost to attend and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015.


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 Jong-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.

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 Mulmanchango Human Rights Center and a columnist with the Korea Times. 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.

William Sumner Event Series

Atlas Network has the mission of strengthening the worldwide freedom movement. the William Sumner Event Series, generously supported by Gerry Ohrstrom and The George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation, is a two-year event series hosted in honor of Atlas Network Board Member Emeritus William "Bill" Sumner, who has always focused on how Atlas can create "more leverage" for organizations that share its vision of a free society. Events will be held in conjunction with Atlas Network partners around the world and will feature some of the world's most dedicated and in some cases unsung freedom champions. These 'Sumner Series' events themselves create leverage by sharing inspiring examples of what it means to fight for freedom -- reminding us of the big picture we're all working for -- and what's at stake if we fail to boldly work for our principles.