Supporting Detained Immigrants

Between Octo­ber 2014 and April 2018, Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) arrest­ed over 17,000 South Asians (12,670 Indi­ans; 1,752 Bangladeshis; 1,744 Nepalis, 659 Pak­ista­nis, 292 Sri Lankans, 2 Bhutanese). These indi­vid­u­als have had large­ly harm­ful inter­ac­tions with U.S. Cus­toms and … Con­tin­ue read­ing

Community Guide on “Public Charge”

On Jan­u­ary 27th, 2020 the Supreme Court tem­porar­i­ly lift­ed nation­wide court orders that kept the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion’s pro­posed “pub­lic charge” reg­u­la­tion from tak­ing effect.  This inher­ent­ly dis­crim­i­na­to­ry reg­u­la­tion can now go into effect nation­wide in all states except Illi­nois, where … Con­tin­ue read­ing


SAALT is cur­rent­ly in a trans­for­ma­tion­al peri­od of chrysalis. Read our full chrysalis state­ment. Pur­pose South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al move­ment strat­e­gy and advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tion com­mit­ted to racial jus­tice through struc­tur­al change, which means we focus … Con­tin­ue read­ing

YLI 2016–2017 Cohort

Meet the 2016–2017 YLI Cohort focus­ing on “Build­ing Immi­grant Jus­tice” in our com­mu­ni­ties. The 2016–2017 YLI cohort will work to ele­vate the nar­ra­tives of immi­grants impact­ed by this dis­turb­ing trend and those whose inter­ests have not always been reflect­ed in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

2011 ChangeMakers

Luna Ran­jit leads the NY-based non­prof­it, Adhikaar for Human Rights, a direct ser­vices and social jus­tice advo­ca­cy group serv­ing Nepali-speak­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Start­ed in the base­ment of Luna’s home, Adhikaar has expand­ed to a com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter that pro­vides legal con­sul­ta­tions, lan­guage class­es, rights train­ings six days a week, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

2013 ChangeMakers

Sukhjin­der Kaur Dhari­w­al is a Sikh Amer­i­can pub­lic school edu­ca­tor from Mil­wau­kee, Wis­con­sin.  Fol­low­ing the mass shoot­ing at the Oak Creek gurud­wara on August 5, 2012, Ms. Kaur emerged as a promi­nent and pow­er­ful advo­cate for the Sikh Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

Yves Gomes

Mary­land 1. How old were you when you came to the Unit­ed States? Tell us a lit­tle about when you first real­ized that you were undoc­u­ment­ed and what that meant for you. I was a year and a half old when … Con­tin­ue read­ing

Bupendra (Bupen) Ram

Cal­i­for­nia 1. How old were you when you came to the Unit­ed States? Tell us a lit­tle about when you first real­ized that you were undoc­u­ment­ed and what that meant for you. I am eth­ni­cal­ly Indi­an, and I was born in … Con­tin­ue read­ing

DACA Stories

In hon­or of Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can (APA) Her­itage Month, SAALT is show­cas­ing six inter­views with South Asian “DACA­ment­ed” indi­vid­u­als. DACA (Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals) is a 2012 pol­i­cy direc­tive that pro­vides undoc­u­ment­ed youth with tem­po­rary relief from depor­ta­tion for … Con­tin­ue read­ing


Down­load the 2018–2019 YLI appli­ca­tion here Cul­ti­vate skills. Con­nect with com­mu­ni­ty. Cre­ate change. Due to pop­u­lar demand, the appli­ca­tion dead­line has been extend­ed to June 8, 2018 Down­load the YLI FAQ here. Fre­quent­ly Asked Ques­tions What is SAALT? South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er … Con­tin­ue read­ing