Nunu Sung: A Refugee’s Story

In June of 2009, an unwed, frightened and overwhelmed Burmese refugee, Nunu Sung, made a decision that changed her life forever: she delivered a son and placed him near a bush. Shortly after, she realized her mistake. Thus began a two and a half year fight to gain custody of her son.

Sung’s story is unimaginable to most people: fleeing an oppressive military dictatorship as a teenager followed by several years surviving in Malaysia where Burmese are hunted by police. Acquiring legal status to enter the U.S. as a refugee, Nunu’s hopes were set on starting a (safe) new life in the land of opportunity. Shortly after her arrival, speaking little English, she entered a relationship with a man who took advantage of her status. When she became pregnant, he closed the door on her and the baby.

Through God’s providence, her son survived his short time left outdoors and was temporarily placed with a foster family. Through God’s grace, Nunu has placed her trust in Him. She has spent everyday of the past two-and-a-half years working to gain custody of her son. (This includes complying with all court orders, fulfilling the plan of service set forth by IL DCFS and the foster care agency, and maintaining weekly, supervised visits with her son. Nunu successfully met the expectations of the court and service plan.)

In October of 2010, Nunu accepted a plea deal for the charge of obstruction of justice (a class 4 felony). In exchange for her guilty plea, and an acceptance of the maximum sentence for this crime, the prosecution agreed NOT to attempt to terminate her parental rights upon completion of her prison term. In May of 2011, with less than 7 months left in her sentence, the prosecution violated the terms of Nunu Sung’s plea agreement when Guardian ad Litem, Kathleen Anderson, filed a petition to terminate Nunu’s parental rights so the foster family could attempt to adopt her son.

This doesn’t sit right with me.

For this reason, I am using my blog as a platform to raise awareness for Nunu Sung’s fight to retain custody of her son, and to hold the Guardian and court accountable for honoring the terms set forth in her plea deal.

For more information regarding Nunu’s custody case, please click: Related Blog Articles





8 thoughts on “Nunu Sung: A Refugee’s Story

  1. Noreen says:

    Hello, my name is Noreen and I became friends with Nunu, while I as well was incarcerated at the same time. I used to be in contact with her family. I’m really trying to get I touch with her. If you have any information can you please email me. She is a wonderful person, and this was a total injustice.

    • Ivona says:

      It is totally wrong to take advantage of Nunu Sung’s situation and try to “steal” her baby away, calling it the “child’s best interest”.
      This child, when he grows up, will never forgive the people, who so easily made his faith today.
      I’m a nurse who met Nunu, as a patient, after she had her baby (a couple days later).
      Her English was very limited, she was in so much pain and she was scared, but the only question she asked over and over again was “is my baby OK?”.

      • Su says:


        Thank you for sharing this information regarding Nunu’s concern about Joshua while in the hospital. The prosecution team tried to paint the picture during the first part of Nunu’s parental rights trial that Nunu never asked to see her son while in the hospital. While I know she asked repeatedly to see her son, it is nice to have it validated by a staff member who witnessed it.

        While I have to believe the foster family is operating from a place of doing what they consider to be in Joshua’s best interest, I keep coming back to the promise Nunu received that his placement within foster care was only temporary, until the time he would transition back to Nunu. Not to mention the plea deal she entered which affirmed–promised, contracted by law–no party would attempt to terminate her parental rights.

        Thank you for supporting Nunu. Please continue to spread the word!


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