Our Crisis Appeal is raising critical funds for humanitarian assistance and solidarity for writers at risk worldwide, in response to a steep rise in people seeking our support. Today, more than ever before, we urgently need additional donations to safeguard our mission, to help those who are persecuted, silenced, in prison, or in exile; and to defend freedom of expression, which across the world is under serious threat.
This year and last, we worked around the clock to provide emergency assistance to writers at risk and their dependents in our priority regions, bringing more than 100 people to safety in host countries. Our small team continues to work tirelessly on complex and urgent cases, in countries whose governments seek to silence dissent and kill free expression.
Raising sufficient funds for our crucial work is difficult. We cannot meet increasing demand without safeguarding our limited resources.
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"We need PEN International, especially for writers who need support, who are not safe, who do not have freedom of speech. PEN International gets to the world the message they need…Their support is very touching for writers." - Dareen Tatour, Poet and former PEN International case.