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Livelihood Stability Support Program

Purpose of the Program

In accordance with the Act on Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Former Sexual Slavery Victims of the Japanese Imperial Army, the nation protects and provides support on the basis of humanitarianism to the ‘comfort women’ victims who were forcibly conscripted and exploited by Japanese imperialism.

Legal Basis

To contribute to the livelihood stability and welfare promotion of victims who were forced to live as ‘comfort women’ through conscription by the Japanese in accordance with Articles 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the Act on Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Former Sexual Slavery Victims of the Japanese Imperial Army

Application Procedures

Contact Victims residing in Korea - City or porvincial office based on resident registration of the victim Victims who live abroad - Competent Overseas Office . application > investigation > review > decision and registration > support

Application
Investigation
Review
Decision and Registration
Support

Application

  • Eligibility for Application: ‘Comfort woman’ victims who want to be eligible for livelihood stability support
  • Preparation of Application Form: Describe the damages received in detail and, if there are supporting documents, submit them with the form.
  • Submission of Application
    • Victims who live in Korea: Submit the application to the department at the city, county or gu offices that has jurisdiction over the area you reside in.
    • Victims who live in a foreign country: Submit the application to the competent overseas office.
      (Application is possible at other places or at home due to disability or to maintain confidentiality. Public officials in charge shall pay special attention in preventing the disclosure of the applicant’s identity.)
  • Sending the Application Form
    • Mayor or Governor of the province (the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade) shall confirm the facts of the basic information in the applicants’ documents and immediately send them to the Minister of Gender Equality and Family.

Documents to be Submitted

  • Application Form: 1 copy
  • Resident Registration Certificate (only applicable if the applicant does not agree with the electronic confirmation of the official in charge): 1 copy
  • Certified copy of Overseas Resident Registration (only applicable for expatriates): 1 copy
  • Copy of passbook (except in cases where the applicant wishes to receive cash): 1 copy

Investigation

  • Upon receipt of the application form, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family conduct an investigation through experts and collect the testimony of the applicant regarding the facts about the damages received.

Review

  • The Review Committee of Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Former Sexual Slavery Victims of the Japanese Imperial Army shall carry out a review to determine the eligibility of the applicant based on the application form and materials submitted after the investigation.

Decision and Registration

  • Based on the deliberations of the Review Committee of Livelihood Stability and Memorial Services, etc. for Former Sexual Slavery Victims of the Japanese Imperial Army, the applicant will be registered based on the Minister of Gender Equality and Family.

Notification

  • The Minister of Gender Equality and Family shall notify the person of her registration as a recipient of livelihood stability support through the city, country and gu concerned (If confidentiality is desired, the notification will be delivered through means requested by the applicant).
  • For applicants who were deemed not eligible for life stability support, the Minister of Gender Equality and Family shall specify the reason for the decision and notify the applicant through the city, county and gu concerned.
  • Payment of livelihood stability support (lump sum of 43 million won / 1.474,000 million won (2020) per person each month) )
  • Livelihood benefits as per the National Basic Living Security Act
  • Medical insurance benefits
  • Priority to move into social housing (leased housing)
  • Caregiver support
  • Treatment programs (emotional support and health care)
  • Basic senior pensions and transportation
  • Support for local taxes by city and province
  • At-home visits by home maker