Reports and Publications

ReportsTes­ti­mo­ny & Pol­i­cy Rec­om­men­da­tions | Fact­sheets & Brochures


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

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.