Milestones

  • 2012 “In Our Own Words”: Release of report about the life of New York South Asians in their own words.
  • 2012 We Build Community: Training for members of the NCSO in the fundamentals of a non-profit.
  • 2012 Young Leaders Institute: SAALT brings together South Asian youth leaders.
  • 2012 Peter King: Responds to Peter King’s hearings on radicalization in the Muslim Community.
  • 2012 America for All of Us: SAALT’s campaign against post 9/11 backlash hate crimes and inequality.
  • 2011 New Jersey: Introduces and passes various resolutions in New Jersey about hate crimes and other issues.
  • 2011 Mandeep Chahal: Helped prevent the deportation of DREAMer Mandeep Chahal.
  • 2011 Know Your Rights: Collaborates with Chhaya CDC to release a Know Your Rights brochure after the foreclosures.
  • 2011 Post 9/11: Works with allies to change language in the racial profiling after 9/11.
  • 2011 Maryland: In May, a commission releases a study of the impact of immigrants in Maryland.
  • 2011 APAICS Gala: The Executive Director, Deepa Iyer, receives the community leadership award from APAICS.
  • 2011 Report: Release of the community resilience report.
  • 2010 Harmful Rhetoric: Release reports on xenophobic and racial slurs.
  • 2010 Campaign: Launches the census-awareness campaign.
  • 2009 Briefing: Co-coordinates briefing to Congress on the Re-uniting Families Act.
  • 2009 D.C. Desi Summer: Venue for South Asian youth to talk about social justice and South Asian issues.
  • 2008 Visibility Award: Receives Visibility Award from D.C. LGBTIQ and ally organizations.
  • 2008 National Action Agenda: Release of agenda by the NCSO, which lays out a comprehensive policy platform for stakeholders, community members, and policy makers.
  • 2008 National Coalition of South Asian Organizations: Announcement of a National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) with 34 national groups coordinated by SAALT.
  • 2008 Policy Briefs: Conducts policy briefings for the staff of senators Obama and McCain.
  • 2008 Advocated for Community Empowerment: A.C.E. training is held for cohort of five women-led organizations in the South Asian Community.
  • 2008 Naturalization: Release of translated brochure on changes in the naturalization process.
  • 2008 Trenton NJ: Briefing in Trenton NJ state house about South Asians.
  • 2008 Michigan: Holds a roundtable in Michigan
  • 2008: SAALT joins the campaign for justice on behalf of Indian workers who were exploited on the Gulf Coast.
  • 2008 New Jersey: Release of New Jersey “issue briefs” about concerns affecting South Asians in New Jersey.
  • 2008 Changes: SAALT brings on full-time Policy Director and Program Assistant; Changes name to “South Asian Americans Leading Together.”
  • 2007 National South Asian Summit: Coordinates 1st summit, a gathering of 150 individuals in Washington D.C. for a congressional briefing and workshops for advocacy and other topics.
  • 2007 Racial Justice: SAALT participates in a racial justice campaign to end Operation Meth Merchant in Georgia.
  • 2007 Immigration: SAALT testifies before the House of Representatives Immigration subcommittee about immigration reform and UN Special Rapporteur about Civil and Immigrant rights issues.
  • 2007 SAALT Circles: Establishes SAALT circles; release of national report on South Asian organizations entitles “Building Community Strength.”
  • 2006 Membership: SAALT becomes a member of Rights Working Group, National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans and Detention Watch Network.
  • 2006 Immigration: SAALT’s Executive Director speaks at an immigrants rights rally in Washington D.C.
  • 2006 New Project: SAALT begins a new community empowerment project in New Jersey.
  • 2006 Election: SAALT participates in election monitoring project, and releases a report about South Asian participation in the election.
  • 2006 Member Drive: SAALT launches it’s first individual member drive. As of September 2008 SAALT has an individual member based of over 400 dues-paying members.
  • 2006 AmeriCorps Vista: SAALT expands to include a 3rd staff member via the AmeriCorps vista program.
  • 2006 SAALT Exchanges: SAALT exchanges are taking place in San Francisco and Houston.
  • 2005 Hello Takoma!: SAALT moves to the Washington D.C. area in Takoma Park, MD. This is an immigrant sanctuary city that offers voting rights to non-citizens.
  • 2005 SAALT Exchanges: SAALT develops and implements community dialogues in Edison, NJ, Philedelphia, Chicago, and New York city.
  • 2004 Strategic Plan: SAALT completes strategic plan to guide the organization and programs for the next 3 years, capacity building and coalition building are added to the strategies.
  • 2004 Grant: SAALT receives a grant that enables the opening of an office in New York city and hiring staff.
  • 2003 Be the Change: SAALT coordinates a national day of service every year in campuses and cities across the country.
  • 2002 “Raising our Voices”: SAALT releases a 26 minute documentary. It includes interviews and information about hate-crimes pre and post 9/11. It is shown in over 100 venues.
  • 2001 Press Conference: SAALT participates in a national press conference with civil and immigration rights groups at the Japanese American memorial in D.C. to call for an end to the backlash.
  • 2001 American Backlash: Release of the first SAALT report, American Backlash, about bias incidents against South Asian, Arab American, Muslim and Sikhs in the first week after 9/11.
  • 2001 September 11th: Within days an unprecedented wave of hate crimes, backlash, discrimination and profiling begin to affect the South Asian community.
  • 2001 Policy Advice: SAALT provides guidance to government agencies and congressional members about the impact of policies such as special registration, detention, interrogations and profiling.
  • 2001 Mission Exploded: SAALT expands mission to include strategies such as policy analysis, advocacy and community education.
  • 2000 SAALT: South Asian Leaders of Tomorrow is created with a focus on leadership development.