Since its inception, HRLF has been advocating for the rights of women and girls. These are a few examples of HRLF’s women’s advocacy projects. With the Justice For Women Program, HRLF plans to expand its women’s rights work. To read more about the program, please click here.
Amy Lee is a resident of New York City. She was reunited with her young daughter on Saturday, November 8, 2003, for the first time since Ms. Lee escaped from China in 2000. According to Ms. Lee, HRLF’s legal support has played a key role in her daughter’s return.
Ms. Lee was a well-known fashion designer in China. She was arrested and severely tortured shortly after the Chinese Communist Party banned the practice of Falun Gong in Mainland China in July 1999. Because she refused to renounce Falun Gong, her husband was forced to divorce her and was given custody of their daughter. To avoid further torture and persecution, Ms. Lee escaped to the United States where she devoted most of her time trying to bring her young daughter, Meng Lin, from China to the United States. Ms. Lee met with HRLF staff in 2001 seeking legal redress for the injuries she suffered in China.
HRLF filed a lawsuit a year later, in collaboration with the Center for Justice and Accountability and Paul Hoffman, against former Beijing Mayor Liu Qi for his role in the planning, instigation, and authorization of the abuses suffered by Ms. Lee, Helene Petit and the other plaintiffs. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found the defendant responsible for violating the right of Ms. Lee to be free from torture.
Ms. Lee lives in New York with her daughter and her second husband. She designs costumes for the Shen Yun performance.
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