In memory of comfort women, a monument is to be established in Washington D.C.
On April 30, the Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan in Washington (the Korean Council in Washington) and the Comfort Women Memorial Committee introduced their plan to set up a monument in Washington D.C. or Fairfax County, Virginia. The Korean Council in Washington said “Our plan will be finalized within a month. For the time being, however, we are afraid we can’t announce exactly where and when it will be erected because Japan may lobby to block our movement.”
In the United States, the first public monument that honors comfort women was built by the Korean-American community in October 2010 in front of a city library in the borough of Palisades Park, Bergen County, New Jersey. In March 2013, the Bergen County government set up its own memorial. Four months later, a statue that features a woman in Korean traditional dress was installed by the city of Glendale. In January this year, New York unveiled a stone tablet with a legislative resolution engraved at Veterans Memorial in Nassau County on Long Island.