Viktorya Vilk

  • Director, Digital Safety and Free Expression
  • PEN America

Viktorya Vilk (she/her/hers) is the director for digital safety and free expression at PEN America. She created and runs the organization’s Online Abuse Defense Program, 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. Her work has been featured on PBS Newshour, The New York Times, Slate, and Harvard Business Review and she regularly speaks about digital safety and press freedom, including for the Online News Association, RightsCon, International Journalism Festival, and Journalism and Women’s Symposium, among others. She completed graduate degrees, as a Marshall Scholar, at the University of London, and has over a decade of experience working in nonprofits to expand access to the arts and defend creative and press freedom.