SAALT Hosts Know Your Rights Town Hall in D.C.

Wash­ing­ton D.C.:  On Thurs­day, March 23rd, South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er held the first in our series of nation­al com­mu­ni­ty town halls to dis­cuss press­ing issues for our com­mu­ni­ties includ­ing hate vio­lence, immi­gra­tion, and poli­cies such as the “Mus­lim Ban”.
The recent spike in hate vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, and Hin­du com­mu­ni­ties is part of a dan­ger­ous trend elec­tri­fied by the 2016 elec­tion cycle and the cur­rent admin­is­tra­tion. Speak­ers and com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers includ­ed Arjun Sethi of the George­town Uni­ver­si­ty Law Cen­ter, Dr. Revathi Vikram from ASHA for Women, Shabab Ahmed Mirza of KhushDC, Darak­shan Raja from Wash­ing­ton Peace Cen­ter, and Saba Ahmed from Cap­i­tal Area Immi­grants’ Rights Coali­tion.
Pan­elists dis­cussed the lat­est exec­u­tive orders on immi­gra­tion, the ris­ing tide of hate vio­lence nation­wide, the his­to­ry of vio­lence impact­ing South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, and LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ties, and local orga­niz­ing efforts to defend rights and demand jus­tice. Atten­dees also par­tic­i­pat­ed in a know your rights train­ing on immi­gra­tion and depor­ta­tion defense as well as a ques­tion and answer ses­sion.
Below are some resources from the town hall that we hope you find use­ful:
  1. A Know Your Rights Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion against depor­ta­tion pre­pared by the Cap­i­tal Area Immi­grants’ Rights Coali­tion
  2. A pock­et guide from the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions: “Know­ing Your Rights and Respon­si­bil­i­ties as an Amer­i­can Mus­lim”
  3. SAALT’s Com­mu­ni­ty Guide on Hate Crimes
  4. Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment (ICE) Know Your Rights pock­et cards (pre­pared by Asian Amer­i­cans Advanc­ing Jus­tice-Atlanta, Sikh Fam­i­ly Cen­ter, and Maitri) in Ben­gali, Burmese, Gujarati, Hin­di, Nepali, Pun­jabi, and Urdu lan­guages.

For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion on the town hall and how to host one in your com­mu­ni­ty, email us at