Washington D.C. Area

About SAALT’s work in the DC area
SAALT engages in both national and local level work in the Washington, DC area. Locally, SAALT holds events that promote dialogue and community education. We have held several community events, including a naturalization legal clinic, book readings by South Asian authors, and Town Hall forums.

About the New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland (NACPM)
The New Americans Citizenship Project of Maryland is focused on citizenship promotion and immigrant integration work, with an emphasis on supporting eligible Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) through the citizenship process and in receiving some of the benefits of citizenship, including better employment opportunities and higher salaries, opportunities for involvement in political economic, and social institutions, access increased education opportunities, and ability to petition for family members by becoming U.S. citizens. The project is coordinated by CASA de Maryland as part of the Maryland New Americans Partnership.

Contact info@saalt.org for more information on the NACPM.

Montgomery County Resources Brochure
As part of the Maryland Community Empowerment Project, SAALT and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) has released a new guide to government resources for South Asians in Montgomery County. The brochure answers basic questions that community members may have about resources available to community members in the county, including:

  • accessing affordable health care
  • applying for unemployment insurance, food stamps, and other government assistance programs
  • tenant rights information
  • foreclosure assistance resources

The guide is available in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Bangla. For more information, please contact info@saalt.org.

About the DC South Asian Community

The Washington D.C area is home to the 5th largest South Asian population in the country. According to the 2005 U.S. Census, there are over 107,000 South Asian immigrants in the area.

Read more about South Asians living in the Washington D.C. in the Washington DeSi: South Asians in the Nation’s Capital (July 2009)

Quick Facts on the South Asian community in the DC Area:

  • In Washington D.C., the Indian community was the largest Asian ethnic group in 2006
  • In Virginia, a high concentration of South Asians reside in Arlington and Fairfax counties. In fact, census data reveal that the Bangladeshi community grew over 300% between 1990 and 2000 in Fairfax County, VA.
  • In Maryland, a high concentration of South Asians reside in Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore counties

Local organizations that work with the South Asian community

Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) Patient Navigator Program
Provides trained medical interpretation and a multi-lingual health information helpline. Contact 301.760.4993.

ASHA for Women
Dedicated to providing culturally specific, multi-lingual support and referral services to women of South Asian descent. Contact coordinator@ashaforwomen.org or 888.417.2742 (helpline) or 202.207.1248 (office).

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Advances the legal and civil rights of Asian Americans through direct services, education, advocacy and legal service referrals. Contact hotline@apalrc.org or 202.293.3572.

Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)
Aims to end domestic violence in the Asian/Pacific Islander communities.
Contact info@dvrp.org or 202.464.4477.

Counselors Helping Asian/Indians (CHAI), Inc.
Provides education, advocacy, counseling and referral services to the South Asian community about mental health issues. Contact raziakosi@chaicounselors.org or 410.461.1634.

Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help (FAITH Social Services)
Provides humanitarian aid to needy individuals and families living in Northern Virginia. Contact info@faithus.org or (571) 323-2198.

Khush DC
Provides a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) South Asians. Contact president@khushdc.org or 202.518.2265.

Muslimat Al-Nisaa
Responds to the healthcare, educational and housing needs of the homeless women in the Muslim community. Contact muslimat-alnisaa@yahoo.com or 410.466.8686.

Virginia Muslim Public Action Committee (VMPAC)
Educates and engages the Muslim community to participate in the political process of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Contact info@vmpac.org or 703.881.9111.

South Asian Adult Daycare Center
Provides free in-house nursing and health services, transportation, vegetarian meals, and activities for South Asian seniors (65+) who live in MD. Contact 240.994.4607 or saadcmd@gmail.com.

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