SAALT’s work related to the aftermath of 9/11 focused on documenting the lived experiences of community members, providing recommendations for structural and policy change, and building partnerships with Arab, Muslim and Sikh organizations and allies in the racial justice movement. We invite you to revisit our reports and publications including:
- American Backlash (2001):
Released within two weeks of September 11th, this report documented 645 incidents of harassment, physical violence, vandalism and bullying targeting South Asian, Muslim and Arab communities.
- From Macacas to Turban Toppers: The Rise in Xenophobic and Racist Rhetoric in American Political Discourse (2010):
SAALT documents the rise in racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric within political discourse, and how it affects political participation and civic engagement.
- SAALT Issue Briefs on Impact of Racial and Religious Profiling in South Asian Community (March 2010):
SAALT produced policy briefs that highlight the impact of racial and religious profiling on the South Asian community in the contexts of travel, immigration and surveillance.
- Community Resilience (2011):
On the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, SAALT presents stories of resistance and resilience of individuals, organizations and communities with examples of solidarity practice.
- In Our Own Words, Narratives of South Asian New Yorkers Affected by Racial and Religious Profiling (2012):
Along with our partners, Desis Rising Up and Moving, The Sikh Coalition, UNITED SIKHS, South Asian Youth Action, Coney Island Avenue Project and Council of Peoples Organization, SAALT released a report that documented narratives of South Asian New Yorkers who endure heightened scrutiny in their daily lives, affecting their personal lives and sense of identity, as well as basic decisions regarding livelihood, worship, and education.
- SAALT Statement for U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (2012):
SAALT provided written testimony during a meeting of the US Commission on Civil Rights focused on AMEMSA communities.
- In the Face of Xenophobia: Lessons to Address Bullying of South Asian American Youth (2013):
In this collaboration with SAALT, Monisha Bajaj, Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher and Karishma Desai provide exercises and lesson plans for educators working with South Asian American youth.
- Under Suspicion, Under Attack: Xenophobic Political Rhetoric and Hate Violence against South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab Communities in the United States (2014):
SAALT’s report finds that South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities are subject to an increasingly hostile climate in the United States, characterized by frequent hate violence and rising xenophobic political rhetoric in the national political debate.
- Power, Pain, Potential: South Asian Americans at the Forefront of Growth and Hate in the 2016 Election Cycle (2017):
SAALT provides the first comprehensive report documenting hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Arab, Sikh, Hindu, and Middle Eastern Americans during the historic 2016 election cycle. This report examines the dramatic demographic growth of South Asians across the United States, particularly in the South, and reveals how this growth intersects with historic systems and policies of injustice leading to a sharp rise in violence during the most divisive Presidential election in modern American history.
- Communities on Fire: Confronting Hate Violence and Xenophobic Political Rhetoric (2018):
SAALT’s report documents hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric aimed at our communities from Election Day 2016 to exactly one year later in 2017, reflecting levels of violence not seen since the year immediately after September 11, 2001. The report also underlines the way intersectionality informs hate — both the identities of victims targeted and the systems that criminalize our communities.
Testimony and Policy Recommendations
With the support of allies, including those in the NCSO, SAALT advocates for progressive policy change on Capitol Hill by organizing and collaborating on Congressional Briefings, written testimony, and targeted lobbying to advance policy recommendations.
- 20 Years Later (9/11) Virtual Congressional Briefing: Resilience and Recognition of Grassroots Power and Policy (organized with Justice for Muslims Collective, 2021)
- SAALT jointly authors and submits letter of concern to House Judiciary Committee re: Congressional hearing on hate crimes and white nationalism (2019)
- SAALT jointly authors and submits letter of concern to House Homeland Security re: Congresional hearing on domestic terrorism (2019)
- The First Congressional Briefing on Caste (organized by Equality Labs, 2019)
- Congressional Briefing: Detentions, Hunger Strikes, Deported to Death (2019)
- Congressional Briefing: 17 Years After 9/11 (Detentions, Deportations, Diminished Civil Rights) (2018)
- SAALT testifies on impact of hate violence before U.S. Commission on Civil Rights public hearing “In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes” (2018)
- Congressional Briefing on Hate Violence following release of “Communities on Fire” (2018)
- Congressional Briefing: 16 Years After 9/11 (2017)
- Congressional Briefing as part of National South Asian Summit (2017)
- Congressional Briefing on Immigration Enforcement (organized by SEARAC, 2016)
- Congressional Briefing as part of National South Asian Summit (2015)
- SAALT submits written testimony for House Judiciary Committee hearing on revised DOJ guidance on racial profiling (2014)
- Congressional Briefing on release of “Under Suspicion, Under Attack” (2014)
- SAALT submits a Statement of the Record for the House Judiciary Committee on “Enhancing American Competitiveness through Skilled Immigration” Hearing
- SAALT submits a Statement of the Record for the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Hearing (February 2013)
- Comment by SAALT and other organizations on Eligibility or Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Non-immigrants (January 2013)
- SAALT Statement for U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (December 2012)
- Statement Oak Creek from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) (August 2012)
- A National Action Agenda: Policy Recommendations to Empower South Asian Communities in the United States (2008)
Factsheets and Brochures
Through these bite-size documents, SAALT presents critical information around key issues (like citizenship and (im)migration, voting rights and voter registration, justice-centric health and safety, and regional demographics) more accessible for South Asian Americans. Many of these resources are available in South Asian languages, thanks to support from Respond Crisis Translation and other language justice partners in our network.
- Know Your Rights Resources for Detained Immigrants & Their Allies (2022)
- #WeCanDoThis: In-Language COVID-19 Public Education Resources (2021)
- Black Lives Matter (2020)
- SAALT’s South Asian Guide to Giving (2020)
- COVID-19 Resources for South Asian Americans (2020)
- Demographic Snapshot of South Asians in the United States (2019)
- Community Guide to Advocacy for Legal Immigration Reform (H‑1B and H‑4 Visas) (2018)
- Community Guide on H‑4 EAD Rescission (2018)
- Community Guide on South Asian Poverty and Public Charge (2018)
- Fact Sheet on Proposed Changes to Immigration Policy (2017)
- Prepared by Mira Scarnecchia
- Understanding the Muslim Ban (2017)
- Communities Against Hate Palm Card (2017)
- Current Status of Immigration Policy (August 2016)
- A Demographic Snapshot of South Asians in the United States (December 2015):
South Asians have grown at a rapid rate in the last ten years, growing in both metropolitan areas and immigrant gateway centers. over 4.3 million South Asians live in the United States today, and comprise the second largest Asian ethnic group. South Asians are becoming an increasingly powerful and robust segment of the American electorate.
- Resources for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
- A Demographic Snapshot of South Asians in The United States (2015)
- Guide for South Asian undocumented youth (2013): English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu
- Are you a DREAMer? DACA Could Improve Your Life (July 2014)
- Why DACA Isn’t Enough: Quotes from DACAmented South Asians (July 2014)
- Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet for South Asians (October 2013)
- In the Face of Xenophobia:Lessons to address the bullying of South Asian American youth (2013)
- A Demographic Snapshot of South Asians in the United States (July 2012)
- Your Home, Your Family, Your Security: A Guide for the South Asian Community (2012): English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Bangla
- Building An America For All of Us: A Campus Workshop Guide (November 2011)
- Tailored to student groups, this interactive workshop guide provides discussion points and engaging exercises designed to explore the impact of the decade since 9/11 on the South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities in the United States.
- SAALT Montgomery County Resources Brochure (June 2010)
- SAALT and APALRC’s guide to Montgomery County’s resources on health care, unemployment insurance, housing, and other social services — available in: English, Bangla, Urdu, and Hindi.
- SAALT Issue Briefs on Impact of Racial and Religious Profiling in South Asian Community (March 2010)
- SAALT has developed 3 issue briefs that highlight the impact of racial and religious profiling on the South Asian community. Read the briefs on surveillance, travel and immigration.
- Resources on the Health Insurance Reform Debate and the South Asian Community (September 2009)
- During the summer and fall of 2009, Congress and the Obama Administration have been focused on reforming the country’s health care and insurance systems. Many South Asians living in the United States would be affected by changes in health care and health insurance policy. SAALT has developed two resources pertinent to the national dialogue on health care reform.
- “What You Need to Know About the Health Insurance Reform” answers questions about the debate; includes basic definitions for terminology; and provides ways for South Asians to get involved in the discussion.
- “Health Care Issues Affecting South Asians in the United States” provides information and resources on health issues impacting the community.
- What You Need to Know to Become a U.S. Citizen: A Guide for South Asians (April 2008): English, Bangla ‚Hindi, Gujarati
- This guide provides answers to frequently asked questions about how the naturalization process works; obstacles faced by South Asian applicants; the content of the new naturalization exam to be implemented in October 2008; and information to assist elderly immigrants seeking naturalization.
- Demographic Characteristics of South Asians in The United States: Emphasis on Poverty, Gender, Language Ability, and Immigration Status’ (2000)
Trainings & Webinars
In virtual and in-person spaces, SAALT engages community members in dialogues on issues like combatting caste supremacy, dismantling anti-Black racism, and empowering anti-colonial struggles. To schedule a smaller training or webinar with SAALT, email us at email@example.com.
- Earth Bound: A SAALT Series on Our Connections to Lands on YouTube
- The Other Half: The Hidden Mental Health Impact of H‑4 Recipients on YouTube
- South Asian Americans on the Road to Abolition on YouTube
- Election 2012 and Beyond The Impact of South Asians Voters on Vimeo
- Health Care Reform and the South Asian Community on Vimeo
SAALT also uses multi-media tools, ranging from websites and interactive maps to video interviews and curated blog posts, to engage various communities and community members in a variety of dialogues.
- PROCESS: 20 YEARS SINCE online at 20yearssince.com and YouTube
- This Month In Hate on Medium
- Voices From The Community on Medium
- Telling Our Stories, Together: COVID-19 & South Asian Americans on YouTube
- Oak Creek 2‑Year Anniversary Interviews on YouTube
- Raising Our Voices on YouTube
- We Build Community on YouTube
- Say It Loud: South Asian Immigration Stories on YouTube