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 27, 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 / 刘艳 – 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 April 2022.

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

Current Location: Yunnan Province No.2 Women’s Prison (云南省第二女子监狱)

Family Residence: Toronto, Canada

“I used to have a family full of love and art, but now we are separated by jailing sentences because the Chinese regime consistently persecutes people who hold true to their beliefs. Now I’m here in Canada away from home, I’m telling my story to the world to call on the release of my mother Liu Yan. If you like to help, please see website:”

Take Action

1. Sign Lucy’s Petition

Visit Lucy’s website here. Save her mother here.

2. Share This Page on Social Media

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:

云南省第二女子监狱 (Yunnan Province No.2 Women’s Prison)
邮编:650102 中国
No.2 of Postbox No.166
Linjiayuan, western suburb of Kunming,
Yunnan, China. 650102


tel: 0871-65126165/ fax: 0871-65126134