New Jersey

New Jersey: Apply to the CLAP program. Deadline January 21, 2013

SAALT New Jersey Community Leadership and Advocacy Program (CLAP) is an invalu­able oppor­tu­ni­ty to build and devel­op your lead­er­ship and advo­ca­cy skills. SAALT will pro­vide train­ings to build skills as well as oppor­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in round­table dis­cus­sions with pol­i­cy­mak­ers direct­ly and have a dia­logue to address the issues that impact the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty.

Apply now by com­plet­ing appli­ca­tion form here.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact

SAALT New Jersey Community Empowerment Project
SAALT ini­ti­at­ed a Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment project in New Jer­sey after a SAALT Exchange in Edi­son, New Jer­sey in 2005.

Below, you will find facts about the com­mu­ni­ty in New Jer­sey, infor­ma­tion about projects, and com­mu­ni­ty-based resources. Please refer to the New Jer­sey Issue Briefs, a series of doc­u­ments that pro­vide infor­ma­tion about a needs assess­ment con­duct­ed of South Asians in New Jer­sey, along with rec­om­men­da­tions around access to ser­vices for South Asians.

Please take a look at the New Jer­sey Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment Project brochure here:

Part 1                                       Part 2


The South Asian Community in New Jersey
Accord­ing to the lat­est US Cen­sus data, near­ly 185,000 South Asian res­i­dents live in New Jer­sey. The New York/New Jer­sey met­ro­pol­i­tan area has the high­est pop­u­la­tion of South Asians in the coun­try.

Accord­ing to the lat­est US Cen­sus data, near­ly 185,000 South Asian res­i­dents live in New Jer­sey — mak­ing the state home to the third largest South Asian pop­u­la­tion in the Unit­ed States!

General Population

  • Of the 200,000 New Jer­sey South Asians, approx­i­mate­ly 170,000 are Indi­an, 12,000 are Pak­istani, 2,050 are Bangladeshi and 1,100 are Sri Lankan
  • Between the years of 1990 and 2000, the num­ber of South Asians in New Jer­sey increased by 113%
  • The pop­u­la­tion per­cent­age of New Jer­sey South Asians by coun­ty is: 31.8% Mid­dle­sex Coun­ty, 12.5% Hud­son Coun­ty, 10.5% Bergen Coun­ty, 6.4% Mor­ris Coun­ty, 5.3 % Essex Coun­ty and 33.6% oth­er coun­ties

Quick Statistics on the South Asian community in New Jersey

  • About 77% of South Asians in New Jer­sey are for­eign born (out­side of the US) and 55% of New Jer­sey South Asians are US cit­i­zens
  • 32% of New Jer­sey South Asians have graduate/professional degrees while 13% do not have a high school diplo­mas
  • The most com­mon South Asian lan­guages spo­ken at home are Gujarati, Hin­di, Pun­jabi, and Urdu

About SAALT's New Jersey Empowerment Project
Near­ly 200,000 South Asians reside in the state of New Jer­sey. The New Jer­sey Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment Project devel­oped from a series of meet­ings in 2004 with South Asian orga­ni­za­tions in New Jer­sey, allies and with con­cerned South Asian indi­vid­u­als. Through these dia­logues, it became clear that South Asian com­mu­ni­ties in New Jer­sey are under-served and large­ly voice­less in pol­i­cy debates.

In response, SAALT devel­oped the New Jer­sey Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment Project. The objec­tives of the New Jer­sey Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment Project are to:

  1. Strength­en and coor­di­nate local efforts to raise aware­ness of emerg­ing needs and exist­ing ser­vices for South Asians
  2. Mon­i­tor and engage in statewide pol­i­cy dis­cus­sions that will impact the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty
  3. Con­duct out­reach and edu­ca­tion to the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty
  4. Encour­age the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty to become strong and vis­i­ble par­tic­i­pants in New Jer­sey’s civic and polit­i­cal life through pro­grams that fos­ter civic edu­ca­tion

Since 2006, SAALT has been involved in a wide range of activ­i­ties to engage the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty in New Jer­sey. Some exam­ples of our work include:

  • Con­duct­ing out­reach to reli­gious and com­mu­ni­ty based orga­ni­za­tions around issues of civ­il rights and access to ser­vices
  • Engag­ing in pol­i­cy and advo­ca­cy work on immi­grant and civ­il rights issues; Exam­ples include issu­ing pub­lic state­ments around civ­il and immi­grant rights issues impact­ing the com­mu­ni­ty and pro­vid­ing tes­ti­mo­ny to the New Jer­sey Blue Rib­bon Com­mis­sion
  • Coor­di­nat­ing activ­i­ties to engage South Asian com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers such as com­mu­ni­ty forums, elec­tion mon­i­tor­ing and doc­u­men­tary screen­ings; exam­ples include an Immi­grants’ Rights and Resources Forum in Iselin and a nat­u­ral­iza­tion forum in Jer­sey City
  • Inform­ing the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty about issues of con­cern through com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion mate­ri­als, month­ly e‑newsletters and a SAALT New Jer­sey web­page; Exam­ples include our Fre­quent­ly Asked Ques­tions Brochure for Mid­dle­sex Coun­ty Res­i­dents and a series of New Jer­sey Issue Briefs

Get Involved!
There are many ways you can be involved with SAALT in New Jersey:

  • Join the New Jer­sey SAALT Cir­cle — con­tact info@saalt org to get involved
  • Par­tic­i­pate in Be the Change, SAALT’s Nation­al Day of Ser­vice, in New Jer­sey. Plan­ning has already begun. If you would like to join the New Jer­sey plan­ning team, please con­tact

To reach SAALT at the nation­al lev­el, please email

Community Partners in New Jersey

P.O. Box 3103, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 435‑1414
Pro­vides ser­vices for South Asian domes­tic vio­lence sur­vivors

Sikh Amer­i­can Legal Defense and Edu­ca­tion Fund
1413 K Street, NW, Wash­ing­ton, DC
(202) 393‑2700
Serves the needs of the Sikh Com­mu­ni­ty, includ­ing civ­il and reli­gious rights

Sikh Coali­tion
396 Broad­way, Suite 701, New York, NY
Defends civ­il rights and lib­er­ties in the US, edu­cates the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty about Sikhs and diver­si­ty and fos­ters civic engage­ment amongst Sikh Amer­i­cans

South Asian Bar Asso­ci­a­tion — NJ
200 Exec­u­tive Dri­ve, West Orange, NJ
(973) 736‑0100
Pro­vides forum for net­work­ing, edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy and serves legal needs of South Asian com­mu­ni­ty

South Asian Health Project
(800) 530‑9821
Achieves health equi­ty for indi­vid­u­als of South Asian ori­gin through indi­vid­ual and com­mu­ni­ty empow­er­ment

South Asian Men­tal Health Aware­ness in NJ
(732) 940‑0991
Helps South Asians under­stand men­tal ill­ness and empow­ers South Asian fam­i­lies and indi­vid­u­als

JAF, P.O. Box 7203, New York, NY
(646) 338- 5996Assists under­priv­i­leged and minor­i­ty com­mu­ni­ties through civic, edu­ca­tion­al and per­son­al devel­op­ment