11th Annual NCSO Convening & Advocacy Day

Join us this May for a powerful convergence of NCSO leaders in Washington, D.C.!

The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) Convening will gather over 100 representatives from our NCSO partner organizations on May 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Not only will it provide the opportunity to build NCSO strength through strategy sharing and problem-solving, but we will work collectively to expand knowledge on policies and legislation targeting our communities. We have also organized space to enhance our skills related to advocacy as well as make for regional and issue based caucuses.

On May 10, 2018 we will head to Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day. NCSO members will connect with government officials and Members of Congress. You will have multiple opportunities to engage with policy makers, from a morning Congressional Briefing to one-on-one meetings with Congressional offices in the afternoon.

To learn more about the 2018 NCSO Convening and Advocacy Day, please review our FAQ . Then, register to attend the Annual NCSO Convening and Advocacy Day where you can connect in person with NCSO members and be a part of building our collective power!

FAQs: NCSO Convening & Advocacy Day 2018


Are the events accessible by public transportation?

The NCSO Convening will take place at the Georgetown Conference Center. Advocacy Day will take place on Capitol Hill, and SAALT will provide a shuttle for all NCSO Convening participants to attend Advocacy Day.

What time are check-in and check-out at the Georgetown Conference Center?

Check-in time to the Center is 4:00pm. Check-out time is 11:00am.

Are the events accessible for those with physical disabilities?

All event venues are accessible. Please contact almas@saalt.org with specific questions or requests regarding physical accessibility.

What is the dress code?

May 9th | NCSO Convening: casual/business casual

May 10th | Advocacy Day: business/professional attire

 Will there be interpreters available for the events?

All events will be offered in English. Registrants may request an interpreter during the online registration process. For additional in-language requests, please reach out to almas@saalt.org no later than March 15, 2018.

 How will I get to the events?

The NCSO Convening will take place at the Georgetown Conference Center. Advocacy Day will take place on Capitol Hill, and SAALT will provide a shuttle for all NCSO Convening participants to attend Advocacy Day. Outside of this, participants are responsible for their public transportation, taxi, and other travel costs while attending events.

Register here.


Call your Members of Congress to Oppose Government Spending that Expands Deportation & Mass Incarceration of Immigrants.

Don’t let your taxpayer dollars fund President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. Join the AAPI Immigrant Rights Organizing Table and call your Members of Congress to Defund Hate & Keep Immigrant Families Together. Script below.

This week, Congressional leadership is finalizing negotiations on the government spending bill for Fiscal Year 2018. Congress has consistently failed to provide a solution for DACA recipients and undocumented immigrant youth, and now the White House and Congressional Republicans want billions of dollars in increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security—dollars that will fuel ICE and border patrol’s detention and deportation machine and further militarize the border.

Specifically, the White House budget asks for $21.5 billion for ICE and border patrol—which is $2.9 billion more than last year. The White House’s anti-immigrant budget wish list for 2018 includes $2.7 billion to build a wall and other border infrastructure; funding for 1,000 new ICE agents and 500 new Border Patrol agents to arrest and deport immigrant family members; and funding for 51,379 jail beds to detain immigrants in privately-run prisons rife with mismanagement and abuse.

Dial 202-224-3121 now using the script below:

Sample Script:

“Hello, I am your constituent from [CITY/TOWN] and I strongly urge you to call for cuts to ICE and border patrol’s budgets. Increased funding for this mass deportation force will increase detention and deportation of immigrants, tearing families apart and further terrorizing and destabilizing immigrant communities. Increased funding for ICE and border patrol is also more money to deport Dreamers and TPS recipients who Congress has failed to protect. Tell Congressional leadership to cut funding for detention beds, ICE and border patrolagents, and say no to the wall. Instead pass a clean DREAM Act.”

In solidarity & partnership,

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that fights for racial justice and advocates for the civil rights of all South Asians in the United States. Our ultimate vision is dignity and full inclusion for all.


Almas comes to SAALT as an experienced grassroots organizer and capacity builder. Her diverse portfolio includes tenures with collectives, non-profits, and the federal government, namely, the South Asian Network (SAN), the U.S. Department of State in their Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Satrang (Los Angeles, CA) and Khush D.C. (Washington, D.C.) Additionally, she has also served on the steering committee of API Equality-LA and the board of National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Almas most recently served as the Racial Justice and Equity Committee Chair for NQAPIA.

As SAALT’s Director of Community Partnerships, Almas will work to expand SAALT’s work at the regional level with our community partners in the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), particularly around local advocacy and organizing efforts.  She can be reached at almas@saalt.org


Mahnoor joins SAALT as our first Policy Associate. Prior to this role, Mahnoor worked as a Programs Associate at APIAVote, where she organized AAPI youth in civic engagement efforts on campuses across the country. She also interned at the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project and the Global Knowledge Initiative, and explored the influence of the South Asian diaspora on the 2016 elections in her undergraduate thesis.

As SAALT’s Policy Associate, Mahnoor will support the development and implementation of SAALT’s legislative, administrative, and public policy agenda and activities. Mahnoor can be reached at mahnoor@saalt.org