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U.S. Election Safety Summer: Online Abuse Self-Defense

Join PEN America for this training designed to equip journalists, as well as their allies and employers, with practical tools and strategies to defend against online abuse. Taking a holistic approach to digital safety, we’ll talk about how to prepare, respond, take care of yourself, and support others in the face of online hate and harassment during a contentious election cycle.



Jeje Mohamed is senior manager for digital safety and free expression at PEN America, with over a decade of experience working on human rights issues, journalism, and safety and security in the Middle East and internationally. Before joining PEN America, she was a Next-Gen Safety Trainers fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, developing more inclusive and trauma-informed safety and security training. 

Viktorya Vilk is the director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America. She created and runs the organization’s programming on digital safety and online abuse defense, which equips writers and journalists with self-defense resources and training, partners with media organizations and publishers to strengthen protections for writers and journalists, and conducts research and advocacy to hold technology companies accountable for online harms. She has over fifteen years of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.