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PEN American Center (PEN) is an association based in New York City of approximately 3,300 authors, editors, and translators committed to the advancement of literature, the protection of writers and freedom of expression, and the unimpeded flow of ideas and information. It is the largest of the 145 centers of International PEN. PEN fulfills its mission and supports its approximately 3,300 members through conferences, readings, educational programs, public forums, and international exchanges. Through its Freedom to Write and Core Freedoms Programs, PEN conducts international and domestic advocacy campaigns to defend writers and free expression and provides direct support and advocacy assistance to hundreds of endangered writers around the world.