CLEVELAND, OH  –  Malik Law and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage have joined together to co-sponsor a highly anticipated event featuring North Korean defector and human rights advocate Ji Seong-ho speaking on “Treat Me as a Human.” The event is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, August 2, at 7pm at The Temple-Tifereth Israel  (26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood). The cost is $15 for general admission and $5 for Maltz Museum members. For tickets, please call 216-593-0575 or REGISTER HERE.

“Life is so hard for so many,” said David Schafer, Managing Director of the Maltz Museum. “Ji Seong-ho is one of the incredible survivors using his voice to make life better for others. We are proud to host him and tell this powerful story of survival against all odds.”

Ji Seong-ho is known to many from his appearance at U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in the winter of 2018. “I lived as a child beggar in North Korea. I was stealing coal from a train when I fell off and lost my leg and my hand,” he said. But that was only the beginning of his story. Join Malik Law and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, along with community partners Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and Global Cleveland to hear his amazing story of triumph in the face of persecution and learn Ji’s perspective on what the future holds.

After defecting and settling in South Korea, Ji Seong-ho founded the organization Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights (NAUH) and has initiated various projects to help North Koreans who are still in the North as well as those who have escaped to the South. He uses his past as a driver to create a better future for others.

“Ji Seong-ho’s story is about the human condition. His experiences as a defector from North Korea are consistent with experiences of others living around the world. Hearing and sharing his story is important. He has survived against all odds and has dedicated himself to help others survive as well. An inspirational man with insight into what we may not understand about how people live in the world,” said David B. Malik, Esq., of Malik Law.