Mother of Lucy Liu

When she was just four years old, Lucy was abducted from her daycare and held as ransom by Chinese police. They wanted to find her mother, Mrs. Yan Liu, and persecute her until Liu renounces her faith in Falun Gong. Lucy's mother previously protested the arbitrary detention of the practitioners by holding a hunger strike in prison. Guards proceeded to force-feed Mrs. Liu, an excruciatingly painful process that often causes internal bleeding and mangles the throat.

Now Lucy is 24 years old, and an award-winning animation student at Sheridan College in Ontario. Her mother is still in China, and is currently sentenced to 3.5 years in prison after a taxi driver reported to police that she is a Falun Gong practitioner. (Last updated on January 11, 2023.)

Lucy created a video letter to urge Canadian officials and people around the world to speak out and ask the Chinese Communist Party to release her mother.

Case Summary

Yan Liu / 曹志敏 – Female, born on November 10, 1974

Current Status: Sentenced.

Reason for Detention: Liu was abducted by local police on September 30, 2021 without any prior warning or arrest warrant. She was officially arrested on November 4, 2021 and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in late March 2022.

Past Detentions: Detained in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2015.

Current Location: Yunnan Province. Prison or labor camp unknown.

Family Residence: Toronto, Canada

Take Action

1. Sign Lucy’s Petition

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3. Send an encouraging letter directly to Mrs. Yan Liu

People who have survived Chinese prisons and escaped to the U.S. attest to the enormous difference it can make to hear from the outside world directly. It lifts the spirits of those wrongfully detained, and shocks local officials, making them wary of participating further in persecution.

You can send cards directly to Mrs. Yan Liu to this address:

Kunming Detention Center
盘龙区聪明镇二环北路中段, 云南省昆明市盘龙区白龙寺村303号(昆明理工大学白龙校区)旁  昆明市看守所
No. 303, Middle Section of North Second Ring Road,
Congcheng Town, Panlong District, Yunnan Province,