South Asian Legal Aid Network

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Deten­tion and depor­ta­tion is impact­ing South Asians more than ever. Between Octo­ber 2014 and April 2018, Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP) arrest­ed over 17,000 South Asians (12,670 Indi­ans; 1,752 Bangladeshis; 1,744 Nepalis, 659 Pak­ista­nis, 292 Sri Lankans, 2 Bhutanese). South Asians go on to expe­ri­ence ver­bal and phys­i­cal abuse in deten­tion facil­i­ties and court rooms at the inter­sec­tions of racism, islam­o­pho­bia, and anti-immi­grant sentiments.

There is a dearth of South Asian legal providers who would be able to iden­ti­fy those inter­sec­tions in addi­tion to poten­tial­ly offer­ing in-lan­guage sup­port of South Asian detained immi­grants who are not receiv­ing access to trans­la­tors or attor­neys with whom they can com­mu­ni­cate in-language.