South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an environment in which all South Asians in America can participate fully in civic and political life, and have influence over policies that affect them. Approximately 2.7 million South Asians live in the United States, tracing their backgrounds to Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and the diaspora, including Trinidad/Tobago, Guyana, and Africa. SAALT works to achieve our mission through a social justice framework that incorporates the strategies of policy analysis and advocacy, community education, local capacity-building, and leadership development. Each of these strategies are linked to specific programs which you will find more information about on this website.
News Releases (Archive)
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Rights Groups Continue to Call for Dismantling of NSEERS and Criticize Department of Homeland Security's Refusal to Repudiate This Discriminatory Program and Provide Relief to Those Unjustly ProfiledRelease Date:May 7, 2012
May 7, 2012, Washington, D.C. - South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) joins the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), Rights Working Group, and The Sikh Coalition in expressing serious disappointment regarding the Obama administration's announcement last month that it will not fully terminate the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which, in the aftermath of September 11th, required certain nonimmigrant men from predominantly Muslim nations to register with the federal government. In addition, the administration has indicated that it will not provide redress to all people impacted by the discriminatory program.
South Asian groups release report on human impact of pervasive racial and religious profiling in NYC on South Asian families and community membersRelease Date:March 22, 2012Today, seven South Asian organizations released a report entitled, In Our Own Words: Narratives of South Asian New Yorkers Affected by Racial and Religious Profiling, that documents the experiences and stories of New Yorkers who live in a climate of racial and religious profiling.
SAALT Releases Report on Looking Ahead After 9/11 - Report focuses on community resilience, collaborations and recommendationsRelease Date:September 15, 2011
(Washington, DC)- South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national, non-profit, non-partisan organization, released a new report today, entitled, Community Resilience. The report, released on the ten year anniversary of the hate crime that killed Balbir Singh Sodhi, looks back at the past decade and suggests recommendations on moving forward.
Journal Issue Examines Impact of September 11 Tragedy on Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Racial, Ethnic and Religious IdentitiesRelease Date:September 8, 2011
(Bloomington, IN) - With the upcoming ten-year anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, the journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts will feature a special issue examining how the events of that historic day have framed the way in which Americans address race, religion and national origin in policy and public realms. Entitled Field Notes from the September 11 Moment: Transformations in Community and Country, the issue is a collaboration between the editorial staff and Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), who served as guest editor. It includes academic thought pieces, as well as a collection of first-person narratives from individuals representing the Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian communities.
- Release Date:August 24, 2011
(Artesia, California): Nearly 150 of Southern California's South Asian American community members and supporters gathered at the Artesia Community Center to reflect on the passing of a decade since the tragedy on September 11, 2001. While the nation mourns the upcoming anniversary, community members, and organization, South Asian Network (SAN), organized a community hearing to mourn the local loss within the South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh communities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The hearing held on August 20, 2011, was co-sponsored by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and State of California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CSCAPIAA).
South Asians Look for Solutions in Reflecting on Ten Years After 9/11 - Passaic and Teaneck, NJ Pass Anti-Bullying and Anti-Bias Resolutions as 9/11 Anniversary ApproachesRelease Date:August 1, 2011
(Jersey City, New Jersey): Over 70 community members gathered for a hearing called "South Asians in New Jersey: Ten Years After 9/11" to reflect on the decade since the 9/11 tragedy, and to provide recommendations for moving forward. The hearing, held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey, was organized by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national nonprofit organization, as part of its campaign - An America for All of Us- to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.
- Release Date:July 13, 2011(New Jersey): Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin, the Muslim American mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey, and the Teaneck Township Council unanimously passed an anti-bias resolution presented by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, on July 12, 2011. The resolution reaffirms the township's commitment to state bias intimidation laws and requires the municipality to: train law enforcement agencies in identifying and investigating bias crimes; gather and make accessible data on bias crimes; inform residents about their rights around bias incidents; and, improve engagement with communities impacted by such crimes. See the resolution here.
- Release Date:April 27, 2011
(Washington, DC) - South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), along with the Arab American Institute (AAI), the National Immigration Forum (NIF) and the Rights Working Group (RWG), welcome the decision by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to modify the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS). According to DHS through a notice published in the Federal Register, effective tomorrow, nationals and citizens of countries currently subject to NSEERS are no longer required to register. Read the notice here.