Open Letters
Joining Voices!

Translators and interpreters have been increasingly subject to unjust persecution, prosecution, and imprisonment in countries across the world. To publicize and combat this critical state of affairs, Red T launched the Open Letter Project in 2012 with the support of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC) and the International Federation of Translators (FIT). The project’s objective is to advocate on behalf of these embattled linguists by sending letters of appeal to the relevant authorities. In 2013, the effort was joined by the International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters (IAPTI) and, in 2015, by Critical Link International (CLI) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI). Most recently, our core group expanded to include the Conférence Internationale Permanente d’Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI), the world’s oldest international association of university institutes with translation and interpretation programs. Additionally, the following organizations have become permanent signatories: the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI), the European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association (EULITA), the European Network for Public Service Interpreting and Translation (ENPSIT), the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT-USA), and Global Voices Lingua. A number of other signatories participate on an ad hoc basis by supporting select appeals.

We encourage you to become part of our project by writing a letter of your own. Every voice matters!

May 2019

To: The UN Secretary-General

Re: A Vital POC Building Block

August 2017

To: The President of France

Re: Modern-day Harkis?

March 2017

To: The Supreme Leader of Iran

Re: No Death for Content


March 2017

To: The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Re: A Moral and Strategic Imperative

January 2017

To: The President of the United States

Re: Your Most Important Asset

October 2016

To: The President of Turkey

Re: Silencing Free Speech


August 2016

To: The Immigration Minister of Canada

Re: A Fast-track to Resettlement

May 2016

To: Members of the U.S. Congress

Re: Rescue the SIV Program

October 2015

To: The Prime Minister of Greece

Re: The Forgotten Five


September 2015

To: The President of Turkey

Re: Criminalizing Our Job

June 2015

To: The Holy See

Re: A Call to Action

September 2014

To: The Prime Minister of The Netherlands

Re: The Backbone of Your Mission


July 2014

To: The President of Poland

Re: Time Is of the Essence

September 2013

To: The Minister of Defense of Spain

Re: A Matter of Life and Death

August 2013

To: The President of France

Re: Arbitrary Selection Criteria


June 2013

To: The Chancellor of the Republic of Germany

Re: Red Tape and Rejections

June 2013

To: The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Re: A "Moral Obligation"

May 2013

To: The Prime Minister of Denmark

Re: Geography Does Not Equal Safety


April 2013

To: The Prime Minister of Sweden

Re: Where Law Meets Compassion

February 2013

To: The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Re: Overly Broad “Terrorism Bars”

August 2012

To: The Supreme Leader of Iran

Re: Upholding Article 19 of the ICCPR


May 2012

To: The Supreme Leader of Iran

Re: Locking Up Freedom of Expression


Thank you to Eriksen Translations and the International Association of Conference Interpreters for translating select Open Letters.