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Com­mu­ni­ties on Fire: Con­fronting Hate Vio­lence and Xeno­pho­bic Polit­i­cal Rhetoric (2018)
The report, “Com­mu­ni­ties on Fire,” doc­u­ments hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric aimed at our com­mu­ni­ties from Elec­tion Day 2016 to Elec­tion Day 2017. SAALT doc­u­ment­ed 302 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Mid­dle East­ern, and Arab com­mu­ni­ties in the Unit­ed States, of which an astound­ing 82% were moti­vat­ed by anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment. The 302 inci­dents are a more than 45% increase from the year lead­ing up to the 2016 elec­tion cycle, lev­els not seen since the year after Sep­tem­ber 11.

Pow­er, Pain, Poten­tial: South Asian Amer­i­cans at the Fore­front of Growth and Hate in the 2016 Elec­tion Cycle (2017)
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 2016 elec­tion cycle. This new report exam­ines the dra­mat­ic demo­graph­ic growth of South Asians across the Unit­ed States, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the South, and reveals how increas­es in pop­u­la­tion are met with increas­es in intol­er­ance dur­ing the most divi­sive Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in mod­ern Amer­i­can his­to­ry.

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)
This new analy­sis 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.

The Per­sis­tence of Dis­crim­i­na­to­ry Pro­fil­ing Based on Race, Eth­nic­i­ty, Reli­gion, Nation­al Ori­gin, Gen­der Iden­ti­ty and Sex­u­al Ori­en­ta­tion in the Unit­ed States (Octo­ber 2013)
A Rights Work­ing Group shad­ow report in which SAALT and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions col­lab­o­rat­ed. The shad­ow report addressed the many forms of racial pro­fil­ing as they affect­ed indi­vid­u­als across all races, eth­nic­i­ties, gen­der, age, reli­gion, and sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion.

In Our Own Words, Nar­ra­tives of South Asian New York­ers Affect­ed by Racial and Reli­gious Pro­fil­ing
(March 2012)
In the wake of reports of sur­veil­lance of Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties by the New York City Police Depart­ment, it is impor­tant to rec­og­nize that Mus­lim, Sikh, and South Asian com­mu­ni­ties have been the tar­gets of sus­pi­cion by state & nation­al law enforce­ment agen­cies for the past decade. The results of a recent doc­u­men­ta­tion project con­firm that South Asians endure height­ened scruti­ny with­out any evi­dence of wrong­do­ing. The impact is severe, affect­ing com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers’ per­son­al lives and sense of iden­ti­ty, as well as basic deci­sions regard­ing liveli­hood, wor­ship, and edu­ca­tion.

Com­mu­ni­ty Resilience (Sep­tem­ber 2011)
SAALT’s report about presents the sto­ries of suc­cess, resis­tance and resilience of indi­vid­u­als, orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ties in the decade after Sep­tem­ber 11th.

From Maca­cas to Tur­ban Top­pers: The Rise in Xeno­pho­bic and Racist Rhetoric in Amer­i­can Polit­i­cal Dis­course (Octo­ber 2010)
SAALT’s report about the rise in racists, xeno­pho­bic and Islam­o­pho­bic rhetoric in polit­i­cal dis­course, and how it impacts polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion and civic engage­ment.

Court­ing the South Asian Vote, One Step For­ward, Two Steps Back By Deepa Iyer and Priya Murthy (Octo­ber 2009)
SAALT’s Deepa Iyer and Priya Murthy recent­ly pub­lished an arti­cle called Court­ing The South Asian Vote: One Step For­ward, Two Steps Back in the Win­ter 2009 edi­tion of the St. John’s Jour­nal of Legal Com­men­tary. The piece presents a case study of the pat­tern of “oth­er­ing” faced by South Asian Amer­i­cans in the Unit­ed States by exam­in­ing xeno­pho­bic rhetoric in polit­i­cal dis­course. Iyer and Murthy argue that even as South Asian civic par­tic­i­pa­tion is on the rise, such racist and xeno­pho­bic rhetoric can lim­it the full and equal par­tic­i­pa­tion of South Asians in the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal process.

Wash­ing­ton DeSi: South Asians in the Nation’s Cap­i­tal (July 2009)
In response to the lack of infor­ma­tion about the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty in the Wash­ing­ton DC met­ro­pol­i­tan region – home to the nation’s fifth largest South Asian pop­u­la­tion – APALRC and SAALT launched the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment (SACE) project in ear­ly 2009 that includ­ed a mul­ti-lan­guage needs assess­ment, focus groups, inter­views, and rela­tion­ship-build­ing with com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions. Wash­ing­ton DeSi: South Asians in the Nation’s Cap­i­tal pro­vides find­ings from sur­veys of near­ly 200 South Asians liv­ing or work­ing in DC, as well as trends gath­ered from focus groups and inter­views.

This report was devel­oped through the gen­er­ous sup­port of the DC May­or’s Office on Asian and Pacif­ic Islander Affairs.

Build­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Strength Report (July 2007)
This report pro­vides crit­i­cal insights into the needs and oppor­tu­ni­ties faced by orga­ni­za­tions serv­ing, advo­cat­ing for, and orga­niz­ing South Asians in Amer­i­ca. Build­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Strength syn­the­sizes the results of a needs assess­ment and inter­views with 31 com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions serv­ing South Asians around the coun­try, while high­light­ing best prac­tices and rec­om­men­da­tions for stake­hold­ers to bet­ter assist South Asian orga­ni­za­tions — and by exten­sion — South Asian com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers. The report, made pos­si­ble through sup­port from the Citi Foun­da­tion, includes exam­ples of best prac­tices used by South Asian groups, and rec­om­men­da­tions to guide fur­ther research and action. We hope that orga­ni­za­tions, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, grant­mak­ers, and stake­hold­ers will use the report as a tool and resource to increase aware­ness of the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty; to gar­ner addi­tion­al resources; and to access pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

Amer­i­can Back­lash: Ter­ror­ists Bring War Home in More Ways Than One
The pur­pose of this report is to doc­u­ment an ugly, but nonethe­less impor­tant, sec­tion of Amer­i­can his­to­ry. News accounts of the tragedy are jus­ti­fi­ably replete with sto­ries of hero­ism, courage, and strength in the wake of the Sep­tem­ber 11 attacks. News of the back­lash, how­ev­er, was not wide­ly report­ed, espe­cial­ly in the nation­al media dur­ing the first week after the attacks. Most news accounts mere­ly repeat­ed the same hor­rif­ic inci­dents of back­lash, giv­ing the impres­sion that it was lim­it­ed to a few, iso­lat­ed inci­dents scat­tered around the coun­try. The real­i­ty, how­ev­er, was that bias inci­dents were far more wide­spread than were report­ed. These fears were cap­tured more accu­rate­ly in sto­ries report­ed by local press which form the foun­da­tion of this report. Rather than let these local sto­ries slip into obscu­ri­ty, this report is designed to com­pile the sto­ries to pro­vide a more accu­rate pic­ture of Amer­i­can reac­tion to this tragedy.


Testimony and Policy Recommendations

Factsheets and Brochures

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)
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)

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. Down­load:

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
Check out this new infor­ma­tion­al guide on cit­i­zen­ship for the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty which will assist immi­grants in under­stand­ing the changes and require­ments of the nat­u­ral­iza­tion process. 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.

Devel­oped through the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Murthy Law Firm, this brochure is the first in a series of immi­gra­tion-relat­ed resources that SAALT will be pro­duc­ing this year.