survivor advocate, RESEARCHER and criminologist
Sunhye Kang has a background in Criminology and Forensic Psychology which lead to her fighting against and preventing crimes against children. As a researcher in the Korean Institute of Criminology and Justice (2017 - 2018) and the Head of International Cooperation at ECPAT Korea (2019-2022), she designed and conducted several research projects, including the groundbreaking Global Boys Initiative in South Korea. She has managed ODA (Official Development Assistance) projects in Vietnam (2019-2021) and Laos PDR (2022-2025), established to set up support systems for survivors of sexual offenses, sponsored by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. She was actively involved in publishing the Korean language version of the Luxembourg Guidelines, and the lead on a 2019 Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family project, providing legal aid for children of shared Korean and Filipino heritage. She is a passionate global advocate, raising awareness of child sexual exploitation and abuse, working to develop inclusive responses to eliminate such crimes, and bring together varying agencies to fight for the protection of all children regardless of their ethnicity, gender or ability. Sunhye has also published peer reviewed articles and reports on sexual offenses against children in Korea, analysis of child sexual exploitation material found in social media, subtypes of random violent crime offenders, and recidivism risk and psychological assessment of offenders.