“I made a commitment, I promised I would use all the capital I gained by helping save China’s access to the US market to press for the release of political prisoners. I promised that, and I’ve done my best to fulfill it.”

– Dui Hua Founder and Executive Director John Kamm


In 1999, the year of the Rabbit on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Dui Hua transitioned from a one-man crusade for human rights in China into an NGO that advocates for Chinese political and religious prisoners. US-China relations have changed greatly over the last 25 years, and Dui Hua has advocated for thousands of political and religious prisoners, contributed to the release of hundreds of prisoners, helped hundreds more receive better treatment, and participated in dialogues that have changed laws affecting children and women in prison.

Despite these growing tensions, Dui Hua has never shied from its mission. Learn about our work over the last two decades with the page below. You can learn about our achievements, click through key moments in our history, watch a video about how we began, hear testimonials from former prisoners and officials working on the US-China relationship, and find out how to get involved. Your support has never been more vital to keeping the dialogue going.


Dui Hua submits prisoner lists directly to the Chinese government and through international organizations and foreign governments.



Names added to our Political Prisoner Database


Unique names raised to the Chinese Government


Responses provided by the Chinese Government

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Acts of clemency for prisoners on our lists

Branching Out

 Dui Hua was born out of innovation and to help us share stories from our groundbreaking dialogue with China over the last 25 years, we recently launched a podcast titled, “JKR: Encounters with China”. Episodes share Executive Director John Kamm’s stories from his years of experience working with China and also discussions about past and current events with distinguished guests. It is a fresh way to learn about our conversations with China past, present and future! Subscribe to hear the latests episodes as they come out.


Juvenile Justice Expert Exchanges

As relations with China got more difficult over the years, engaging on human rights also became more challenging. That’s why Dui Hua decided to expand its mission beyond advocating for political prisoners to advocating for other groups of prisoners at risk and one group in particular caught John’s attention: juvenile offenders. Focusing on juvenile justice in our expert exchanges reflects not just the mission expansion, but Dui Hua’s continued commitment to push for meaningful change and reform in human rights areas of shared concern between China and the United States.


“We hope this exchange is only a beginning, as child welfare is complex, challenging, and best practices are being developed on a regular basis. We hope we can learn from you, and we hope we can give you some suggestions that might be of use.”
– Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.) (US side moderator)



Expert Exchanges focused on juvenile justice


Juvenile justice experts from the U.S., China and others

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DH publications and reports on juvenile justice in China


Podcast episodes on juvenile justice with more planned


New Avenues of Support


“John’s reputation and connections through The Dui Hua Foundation played a key role in facilitating my son’s journey home. His was the first voice I heard with knowledge and empathy for what I was going through. It felt like he threw me a life preserver after being thrown overboard in a sea of chaos, panic and grief.”

– Mother of a recently released American prisoner 

In addition to finding prisoner names and seeking clemency, an important part of Dui Hua’s work is providing consultations to family members of detainees including foreign nationals and American permanent residents who are undergoing coercive measures in China which include detention, imprisonment, residential surveillance at a designated location, and exit bans. Dui Hua provided nearly 100 consultations to 38 detainees in China, their families, or supporters. Detainees include foreign nationals held in China under coercive measures, the number of which has been on the rise in recent years.

Dui Hua is committed to doing all it can to support families going through this difficult experience.

We Need Your Help

At a time when it’s hard to find common ground with China on the subject of human rights, it has never been more important to keep the dialogue going. We are asking you to partner with us and help us fund the next exchange with our $25 for 25 campaign.

As grants and government funds are diverted to other important causes, your help has never been more vital! Please help us celebrate by donating today!