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.

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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:

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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