ONWARDS is a project of the US Protection Group for Cultural Rights Defenders (CRDs) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs).

The group is an informal network of organizations that support at-risk scholars, artists, writers, journalists, and activists. The ONWARDS project is coordinated by Ithaca City of Asylum, a project of the nonprofit Center for Transformative Action, and supported by Cornell University’s Migrations Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, with funding from the Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative.

Members of the ONWARDS working group are Leona Binz (Scholars at Risk), Gracie Golden (Artistic Freedom Initiative), Carly O'Connell (IIE/Scholar Rescue Fund), Catherine Skolnicki (City of Asylum Pittsburgh), Omaid Sharifi (PEN America Artists at Risk Connection), and Jane Unrue (Harvard Scholars at Risk). The project coordinator is Jonathan Miller (Ithaca City of Asylum and Center for Transformative Action).

Active members of the US Protection Group include the Artist Protection Fund, Artistic Freedom Initiative, Black Mountain InstituteCartoonists RightsCheuse CenterCity of Asylum Detroit, City of Asylum Pittsburgh, Cornell UniversityFreedom House, Harvard Scholars at Risk, Ithaca City of Asylum, Logan Nonfiction Center, PEN America Artists at Risk Connection, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Scholars at Risk, University of Iowa International Writing Program, and the Urgent Action Fund.

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