Meet the NCSO

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Shya­ma Kuver / Heart Over Crown

Since 2008, the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) has been a con­stel­la­tion of orga­ni­za­tions around the U.S. that pro­vides sup­port to, orga­nizes, and advo­cates on behalf of South Asian com­mu­ni­ties. It has been coor­di­nat­ed by South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT).

After near­ly 12 years the NCSO remains a cru­cial space for our con­stel­la­tion of orga­ni­za­tions. As orga­ni­za­tions that serve, work with, orga­nize, and advo­cate for South Asians in the U.S., we share these com­mon val­ues and beliefs:

  • We are peo­ple cen­tered
  • We believe in caste abo­li­tion
  • We believe in racial jus­tice
  • We hon­or growth and build­ing com­mu­ni­ty pow­er

Read the NCSO Membership Guidebook for more infor­ma­tion on the NCSO’s mis­sion, val­ues, struc­ture, and application process. If your mis­sion and val­ues are in align­ment we wel­come you to apply!

If you have any ques­tions please con­tact SAALT’s Part­ner­ships Man­ag­er at 

Cur­rent NCSO mem­bers work in the fol­low­ing areas:


  • Alliance of South Asians Tak­ing Action (ASATA) (Berke­ley, CA)
  • Jakara Move­ment (Cen­tral Val­ley, CA)
  • Maitri (Bay Area, CA)
  • Nari­ka (Bay Area, CA)
  • Pari­var (Bay Area, CA)
  • South Asian Net­work (SAN) (Los Ange­les, CA)


  • Burmese Rohingya Com­mu­ni­ty of Geor­gia (Atlanta, GA)
  • Rak­sha (Atlanta, GA)


  • Appa Ghar (Chica­go, IL)
  • Chica­go Desi Youth Ris­ing (CDYR) (Chica­go, IL)
  • Chica­go South Asians for Jus­tice (Chica­go, IL)
  • South Asian Amer­i­can Pol­i­cy and Research Insti­tute (SAAPRI) (Chica­go, IL)


  • Be Well (Anne Arun­del Coun­ty, MD)
  • Asha for Women (Bethes­da, MD)
  • South Asian Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­a­tion (Potomac, MD)

New Jer­sey

  • Bangladeshi Amer­i­can Women’s Devel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive (BAWDI) (Pater­son, NJ)

New York

  • Adhikaar (Queens, NY)
  • Asian Amer­i­cans Writ­ers Work­shop (AAWW) (Man­hat­tan, NY)
  • Coun­cil of Peo­ple’s Orga­ni­za­tions (New York, NY)
  • Equal­i­ty Labs (New York, NY)
  • Laal NYC (New York, NY)
  • Jaha­jee Sis­ters (The Bronx, NY)
  • Sad­hana (New York, NY)
  • Sakhi (Man­hat­tan, NY)
  • Sap­na NYC (The Bronx, NY)
  • Sikh Coali­tion (New York, NY)
  • South Asian Left Activist Move­ment (SALAM) (New York, NY)
  • Turn­ing Point for Women & Fam­i­lies (New York, NY)

North Car­oli­na

  • North Car­oli­na Asian Amer­i­cans Togeth­er (NCAAT) (Raleigh, NC)


  • Daya (Hous­ton, TX)
  • Kaur Life (Austin, TX)
  • South Asian Youth in Hous­ton Unite (Hous­ton, TX)


  • API Chaya (Seat­tle, WA)

Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

  • Sikh Amer­i­can Legal Defense and Edu­ca­tion Fund (SALDEF)


  • Asian Amer­i­can Fem­i­nist Col­lec­tive
  • ​Desi LGBTQ Helpline
  • Desi Rain­bow Par­ents & Allies
  • Divi­sion on South Asian Amer­i­cans (DoSAA) of Asian Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion
  • Heart Women & Girls
  • The Hid­den Dream
  • Kalakars
  • Mann Muk­ti
  • Mayn­mai
  • South Asian Avant-Garde (SAAG) Anthol­o­gy
  • South Asian Sex­u­al & Men­tal Health Alliance (SASMHA)
  • South Asians for Black Lives (Malikah)
  • SPEAK Men­tor­ship
  • Stand With Kash­mir
  • Stu­dents Against Hin­dut­va Ide­ol­o­gy (SAHI)


  • The Rights Col­lec­tive (Unit­ed King­dom and Unit­ed States)