Please visit ProtectSuzie.com for more details about Suzie's situation
Update: Suzie's legal status remains unresolved and tenuous. Suzie and her asylum lawyer are continuing to search for solutions to resolve that. The vital concerns raised by the persecution of Suzie for her democratically protected activism and journalism persist. However, there is a bright spark: Suzie has returned to her software development career with her project Panquake.com and is working with talented developers around the world to revolutionise the social media space. This means that at this time she no longer needs personal financial contributions to be a component of supporting her, and has requested the donate functions on her campaign be shut down. Suzie and her family deeply thank all who have supported her through this period, and who continue to walk alongside and support her into the future.
Who is Suzie Dawson and what happened to her?
Suzie Dawson is a journalist and activist living in exile. She is originally from Auckland, New Zealand. Suzie exposed corruption in the governments of New Zealand, the United States and their intelligence agencies. She became a target as a result of her work.
When did this all happen? Where is Suzie now?
Suzie's journalism and activism spans the period 2011-present. The targeting of her started during the Occupy movement. The threats and hardships she was subjected to became more aggressive as the years went on, and her significant journalistic work continued. Timelines detailing Suzie's work, and the targeting that she endured, can be found here. In 2015 Suzie relocated to Berlin in Germany, but continued to be targeted. She is now located in Moscow, Russia and is safe there for the moment, but due to legal complications, we don't know for how long she will be able to remain at liberty.
How can I help save Suzie?
Suzie's situation is severe. She is going to require state level protection and engagement or assistance from the United Nations and/or other major NGO's. You can help increase the possibility of her gaining that protection, by studying Suzie's case, educating others, networking with other supporters and conducting outreach. Sign our Open Letter calling for the protection of Suzie and her young family.
Is this different than the 1vs5i campaign fundraiser?
The 1vs5i campaign launched in late 2019 to support Suzie through her NZ legal complaints processes and although it was profoundly impeded by the early 2020 global pandemics and subsequent lockdowns, Suzie does hope to pursue justice for the abuses she has suffered. The Protect Suzie fundraiser was established to better support Suzie through her asylum appeals process and her quest for intervention from international bodies such as the United Nations (and others).