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Grieboski Jolly Caraway Partner, Mike Honda, Awarded Gwanghwa Medal of the Order of the Diplomatic Service Merit from South Korea

Alexandria, VAGrieboski Jolly Caraway Partner and Former Congressman Mike Honda has been awarded the Gwanghwa Medal of the Order of the Diplomatic Service Merit from the South Korean Foreign Ministry. The Medal is one of the highest civilian awards bestowed by the Republic of Korea.

Congressman Honda served at the forefront of efforts to compel Tokyo to recognize its misdeeds and apologize to Korean victims of sexual violence during Japanese wartime. He wrote and helped pass House Resolution 121, which urged Japan to formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept responsibility for sex crimes committed throughout Japan’s colonization of Korea.

“I am deeply honored to have been awarded such a distinguished medal,” commented Congressman Honda. “Accountability serves as a mechanism to combat impunity and opacity, and is a crucial step in the healing process for victims of such reprehensible crimes.”

Congressman Honda, a third-generation Japanese-American who served in Congress from 2001 until earlier this year, is widely known for his devotion to raising awareness about sexual slavery within Congress.

His long history of public service is exemplified by his tenure in the U.S. Peace Corps in El Salvador, the California State Assembly, the U.S. House of Representatives, and on the House Committee on Appropriations. In addition to raising awareness about sexual slavery, the Congressman has also focused his efforts on important issues such as income inequality, LGBTQ equality, environmental and technology issues, and is a champion of educational equity.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Congressman Honda’s honorable award from South Korea and commend his work in upholding responsibility and accountability for victims.