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 

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New York

  • Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice
    Adhikaar, meaning rights in Nepali, is a New York-based nonprofit organization working with Nepali-speaking community to promote human rights and social justice for all.

  • Andolan Orga­niz­ing South Asian Work­ers
    Andolan orga­nizes low-income, South Asian work­ers to fight against injus­tices faced because of abu­sive employ­ers. Andolan envi­sions a world in which all work­ers are treat­ed with respect and dig­ni­ty.
    CAAAV’s mission is to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York city. CAAAV currently works with a pan Asian membership base living in public housing administered by the New York City Housing Authority in NYC. One of the largest public housing developments they work with engage around 200 Bangladeshi families.

  • Chhaya CDC
    Based in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, Chhaya Community Development Corporation (Chhaya)—meaning “shelter or shade” is dedicated to creating stable and sustainable communities by increasing civic participation and addressing the housing and community development needs of New Yorkers of South Asian origin and their neighbors.

  • Coney Island Avenue Project
    The mission of Coney Island Avenue Project is to combat racism and promote the empowerment of working class South Asians through legislative policy change, legal advocacy and community-based education.

  • Council of Peoples Organization
    The Council of Peoples Organization’s (COPO) mission is to assist low income immigrant families, particularly South Asians and Muslims, to reach their full potential as residents of New York City. COPO empowers marginalized communities to advocate for their rights and understand their responsibilities as Americans.

  • Desi Rain­bow Parents/API Rain­bow Par­ents of PFLAG NYC
    PFLAG NYC works to cre­ate a bet­ter future for LGBT youth and adults through a part­ner­ship of par­ents, allies, and LGBT peo­ple. PFLAG NYC pro­motes health and well-being of gay, les­bian, bisex­u­al and trans­gen­der per­sons, their fam­i­lies and friends through: sup­port, to cope with an adverse soci­ety; edu­ca­tion, to enlight­en an ill-informed pub­lic; and advo­ca­cy, to end dis­crim­i­na­tion and to secure equal civ­il rights. They focus on LGBTQ youth sup­port in fam­i­lies and in schools. In the fam­i­ly, we look to help all fam­i­lies be lov­ing and sup­port­ive of LGBTQ chil­dren and to keep fam­i­lies close and togeth­er. In school, we fight bul­ly­ing and harass­ment and aim to help every school cre­ate a cli­mate that is accept­ing and sup­port­ive of LGBTQ youth.
  • Domestic Harmony Foundation

    Domestic Harmony Foundation is a community-based organization committed to promoting peace, safety, and harmony in families by providing support and guidance. DHF aims to fill the immense void in concrete services for South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Muslim women and children who are seeking relief from domestic violence and other human rights violations.

  • DRUM — South Asian Organizing Center
    DRUM — South Asian Organizing Center is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City.

  • India Home

    The mission of India Home is to make a difference in the quality of life of vulnerable South Asian seniors in New York City in a culturally appropriate environment.

  • Indo-Caribbean Alliance
    Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. seeks to uni­fy and advance Indo-Caribbean and South Asian inter­ests by fos­ter­ing joint and col­lab­o­ra­tive actions among dif­fer­ent peo­ples, orga­ni­za­tions and busi­ness­es.
  • Jahajee Sisters

    Jahajee Sisters is a movement-building organization, led by Indo-Caribbean women, committed to achieving gender justice. We foster solidarity and empowerment through dialogue, arts, leadership development and grassroots organizing.

  • Khadijah’s Caravan
    Khadijah’s Caravan connects people, places and communities through spiritually-based activism. Our aim is to support and encourage values of compassion and justice by focusing on art, education, and entrepreneurship.

  • Saathi of Rochester
    The mission of Saathi of Rochester is to work to empower women of South Asian origin who have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, dating violence or stalking, by providing numerous options, linking women with service providers and raising community education and awareness.

  • Sadhana

    Sadhana is a coalition of Hindus in the United States and around the world wanting to assert a progressive Hindu voice into the public discourse of our times. Sadhana is a mechanism and a platform for progressive Hindus to obtain relevant information, access resources, and speak up and act for progressive social values and social justice.

  • Sakhi for South Asian Women
    Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to end violence against women. We unite survivors, communities, and institutions to eradicate domestic violence as we work together to create strong and healthy communities. Sakhi uses an integrated approach that combines support and empowerment through service delivery, community engagement, advocacy, and policy initiatives.

    SALGA NYC’s mis­sion is to enable com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to estab­lish cul­tur­al vis­i­bil­i­ty and take a stand against oppres­sion and dis­crim­i­na­tion in all its forms. We pledge to encour­age lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, pro­vide mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional sup­port, work towards immi­gra­tion advo­ca­cy, address health issues such as HIV / AIDS, and fos­ter polit­i­cal involve­ment in the inter­est of cre­at­ing a more tol­er­ant soci­ety.
  • Sapna NYC
    Sapna NYC promotes the health, social, and economic empowerment of New York City’s South Asian community through a learning-based partnership between families, health professionals and other stakeholders.

  • SEVA Immigrant Community Advocacy Project- Desis Vote!
    The mission of the organization is to build a broad based and sustainable network of community based organizers and members to address the critical needs, of the most under resourced immigrant communities in New York City—with a special focus on the South Asian and West Indian enclaves of Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, and Woodhaven, Queens.

  • Shakti Peer Group

  • South Asian Council for Social Services
    South Asian Council for Social Services mission is to plan, provide, support and advocate for a continuum of programs addressing the social service needs of the underserved South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities of New York City.

  • South Asian Health Initiative
    The mission of the Student Alliance for Health Involvement (SAHI) is to promote health and healthy behaviors among people both in the Emory and greater Atlanta communities through health fairs, screenings, and educational projects focusing on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes.

  • South Asian Youth Action
    SAYA!’s mission is to create opportunities for South Asian youth to realize their fullest potential. We deliver culturally sensitive services and support to help make this mission a reality.

  • SPEAK Mentorship

    SPEAK programs provide support and soft and hard skills to girls who are immigrants and first- generation American citizens as they prepare to transition from high school to college, including by helping them look into colleges, courses of study, and potential college-to-career pathways. We want to help each girl make the best decision for her.

  • The Sikh Coalition
    The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, we work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be.

  • Turning Point
    Turning Point is a community based, non-profit organization addressing the needs of Muslim women and children through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, outreach, education and training. Responding to the wide gap between needs and services available to the Muslim community, Turning Point offers culturally competent services, especially in the area of domestic violence. In a safe and nurturing environment, Turning Point helps women empower themselves and transform their own lives as well as those of their families and children.

  • United Sikhs
    To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

New Jersey

  • Man­avi
    As a direct ser­vice provider, a social change agent with­in the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty, and a diver­si­ty train­er in the main­stream move­ment to end vio­lence against women in the U.S., Man­avi simul­ta­ne­ous­ly address­es both the imme­di­ate needs of women fac­ing abuse and the long-term vision of estab­lish­ing peace­ful com­mu­ni­ties free from gen­der-based vio­lence.
  • South Asian Men­tal Health Aware­ness in Jer­sey
    South Asian Men­tal Health Aware­ness in Jer­sey (SAMHAJ)provides sup­port, edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy for South Asians affect­ed by seri­ous men­tal ill­ness. South Asians of Asian Indi­an and Pak­istani ori­gin, as well as those from Bangladesh, Sri Lan­ka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Mal­dives are wel­come to seek sup­port and infor­ma­tion from SAMHAJ.


  • Sne­ha
    Sne­ha, Inc. works to empow­er women, par­tic­u­lar­ly sur­vivors or domes­tic vio­lence. Sne­ha pro­vides a forum for non-for­mal meth­ods of learn­ing to deal with issues cre­at­ed by the lack of tra­di­tion­al fam­i­ly sup­port, the often-lack­ing pro­fi­cien­cy, as well as the unfa­mil­iar­i­ty with the laws and ser­vices of their adopt­ed land.


  • South Asian Work­ers Cen­terSAWC is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion serv­ing main­ly South Asian immi­grants and work­ers in Greater Boston. We focus on bring­ing togeth­er our diverse peo­ples, strength­en­ing our­selves through con­nec­tion, edu­ca­tion, orga­niz­ing, and employ­ment, fos­ter­ing sup­port­ive resources, and inte­grat­ing into our adop­tive coun­try.


Washington DC

  • ASHA for Women
    ASHA for Women pro­vides the sup­port that empow­ers south Asian women to become self-reliant and live in an abuse free future.
  • Coun­selors Help­ing (South) Asians/Indians
    CHAI takes a holis­tic approach to pro­vid­ing proac­tive, cul­tur­al­ly com­pe­tent infor­ma­tion and refer­rals on men­tal health and well­ness to the South Asian pop­u­la­tions. We work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with com­mu­ni­ties and ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions to end stig­ma and increase access to men­tal health ser­vices.
  • KhushDC
    KhushDC is a social, sup­port and polit­i­cal group that pro­vides a safe and sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment, pro­motes aware­ness and accep­tance, and fos­ters pos­i­tive cul­tur­al and sex­u­al iden­ti­ty for les­bian, gay, bisex­u­al, trans­gen­der, ques­tion­ing (LGBTQ) and addi­tion­al gen­der or sex­u­al minor­i­ty South Asians in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. met­ro­pol­i­tan area.
  • Sikh Amer­i­can Legal Defense and Edu­ca­tion Fund
    SALDE­F’s mis­sion is to achieve equal access and oppor­tu­ni­ty for Sikh Amer­i­cans by pro­tect­ing civ­il rights, build­ing dia­logue, deep­en­ing under­stand­ing, pro­mot­ing civic and polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, and uphold­ing social jus­tice and reli­gious free­doms for all Amer­i­cans.
  • South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er
    South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that ele­vates the voic­es and per­spec­tives of South Asian indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions to build a more just and inclu­sive soci­ety in the Unit­ed States.
  • South Asian Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­a­tion
    The mis­sion of the South Asian Pub­lic Health Asso­ci­a­tion (SAPHA) is to pro­mote the health and well-being of South Asian com­mu­ni­ties by advanc­ing the field of South Asian pub­lic health through inter­ac­tions among health pro­fes­sion­als and shared resources, focus­ing on research, edu­ca­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and advo­ca­cy in the Unit­ed States.



  • AshaKi­ran
    AshaKi­ran is com­mit­ted to edu­cate, empathize and empow­er per­sons of South Asian and oth­er for­eign-born ori­gins while pro­vid­ing cul­tur­al­ly sen­si­tive and con­fi­den­tial ser­vices to peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing traumatic/stressful sit­u­a­tions.


  • Rak­sha
    Rak­sha’s mis­sion is to pro­mote a stronger and health­i­er South Asian com­mu­ni­ty through con­fi­den­tial sup­port ser­vices, edu­ca­tion, and advo­ca­cy.


  • Sahara of South Flori­da
    Sahara’s mis­sion is to improve the qual­i­ty of life for women and their fam­i­lies and reduce the inci­dence of domes­tic vio­lence in South Asian com­mu­ni­ties of South Flori­da through pub­lic aware­ness, edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy.

North Carolina

  • Kiran, Inc.
    Kiran is a not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that serves and empow­ers vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence in the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty in North Car­oli­na by help­ing them rebuild their lives and end­ing their cycle of vio­lence. Their mis­sion is to serve vic­tims of domes­tic abuse and sex­u­al assault by pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion, cri­sis coun­sel­ing, legal advo­ca­cy, refer­rals, skills devel­op­ment, and oth­er cul­tur­al­ly-sen­si­tive sup­port ser­vices need­ed to meet the unique chal­lenges they face.
  • North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT)
    Sahara’s mis­sion is to improve the qual­i­ty of life for women and their fam­i­lies and reduce the inci­dence of domes­tic vio­lence in South Asian com­mu­ni­ties of South Flori­da through pub­lic aware­ness, edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy.



  • Apna Ghar
    Apna Ghar (Our Home) pro­vides free, holis­tic ser­vices to women and chil­dren across immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties in the Chica­go area to end the cycle of domes­tic vio­lence. Apna Ghar empow­ers women to be self-suf­fi­cient by pro­vid­ing a full spec­trum of ser­vices from legal advo­ca­cy to emer­gency and tran­si­tion­al hous­ing to coun­sel­ing and case man­age­ment.
  • Ham­dard Cen­ter
    Ham­dard­’s mis­sion is to pro­mote the phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al health and psy­cho­log­i­cal well-being of indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies by offer­ing hope, help and heal­ing.
  • Indo-Amer­i­can Cen­ter
    Indo-Amer­i­can Cen­ter’s mis­sion is to pro­mote the well-being of South Asian immi­grants through ser­vices that facil­i­tate their adjust­ment, inte­gra­tion, and friend­ship with the wider soci­ety, nur­ture their sense of com­mu­ni­ty, and fos­ter appre­ci­a­tion for their cul­ture and her­itage.
  • South Asian Amer­i­can Pol­i­cy and Research Insti­tute
    SAAPRI is a non-prof­it, non-par­ti­san orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished in 2001 to improve the lives of South Asian Amer­i­cans in the Chica­go area, by using research to for­mu­late equi­table and social­ly respon­si­ble pub­lic pol­i­cy rec­om­men­da­tions.
  • South Asian Pro­gres­sive Action Col­lec­tive
    The South Asian Pro­gres­sive Action Col­lec­tive (SAPAC) devel­oped out of a com­mon desire for a forum to take up pro­gres­sive issues per­ti­nent to South Asia and the Dias­po­ra through direct action, cre­ative expres­sion, and dis­cus­sion.


  • MAI Fam­i­ly Ser­vices
    Mai Fam­i­ly Ser­vices’ mis­sion is to pro­vide con­fi­den­tial and pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices and pro­mote aware­ness of men­tal health prob­lems, domes­tic vio­lence and oth­er issues through com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion and out­reach.




  • API Chaya
    The mis­sion of the API Chaya is to orga­nize com­mu­ni­ties; to edu­cate, train, and offer tech­ni­cal assis­tance; and to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive cul­tur­al­ly rel­e­vant ser­vices on domes­tic vio­lence, sex­u­al assault, and human traf­fick­ing to Asian, South Asian, and Pacif­ic Islander com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, ser­vice providers, sur­vivors, and their fam­i­lies.
  • Trikone
    Trikone’s mis­sion is to pro­vide a sup­port­ive, empow­er­ing, and affirm­ing com­mu­ni­ty for dif­fer­ent­ly-ori­ent­ed South Asians.



  • Alliance of South Asians Tak­ing Action
    The Alliance of South Asians Tak­ing Action is a San Fran­cis­co Bay Area all-vol­un­teer group work­ing to edu­cate, orga­nize, and empow­er the Bay Area South Asian com­mu­ni­ties to end vio­lence, oppres­sion, racism and exploita­tion with­in and against our diverse com­mu­ni­ties.
  • Jakara Move­ment
    The Jakara Move­ment is cre­at­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of lead­er­ship through a dual strat­e­gy based on indi­vid­ual devel­op­ment and com­mu­ni­ty build­ing. We aim to devel­op lead­er­ship through train­ing, edu­ca­tion, and ser­vice. We aim to devel­op con­nect­ed com­mu­ni­ties through aware­ness, empow­er­ment, and civic engage­ment.
  • Maitri
    Maitri’s mis­sion is to help inte­grate clients into the main­stream of Amer­i­can soci­ety, so that they feel com­fort­able and become full par­tic­i­pants in it, To focus efforts on sup­ple­ment­ing and com­ple­ment­ing exist­ing ser­vices, not on dupli­cat­ing them, and To work towards fos­ter­ing self-reliance and self-con­fi­dence in its clients.
  • Nari­ka
    Nari­ka pro­motes the empow­er­ment of South Asian women to con­front and over­come the cycles of domes­tic vio­lence and exploita­tion. We work to build a move­ment to end vio­lence against women and to active­ly sup­port women’s rights as human rights.
  • Satrang
    Satrang is a cul­tur­al, social, and sup­port orga­ni­za­tion pro­vid­ing a safe space to empow­er and advo­cate for the rights of the South Asian LGBTIQQ (Les­bian, Gay, Bisex­u­al, Trans*, Inter­sex, Queer and Ques­tion­ing) com­mu­ni­ty in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia through edu­ca­tion, net­work­ing, and out­reach. Satrang works toward end­ing gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty based prej­u­dice.
  • South Asian Net­work
    Found­ed in 1990, South Asian Net­work (SAN) is a com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to advanc­ing the health, empow­er­ment and sol­i­dar­i­ty of per­sons of South Asian ori­gin in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.
  • SAHARA (South Asian Helpline And Refer­ral Agency)
    SAHARA’s mis­sion is to serve the grow­ing South Asian com­mu­ni­ty in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia by pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion, refer­rals, skills devel­op­ment, and oth­er cul­tur­al­ly-sen­si­tive sup­port ser­vices need­ed to meet the unique chal­lenges they face, and to deal with the per­son­al crises of South Asian sur­vivors of domes­tic abuse.



    Chet­na’s mis­sion is to empow­er South Asian vic­tims of domes­tic vio­lence by bring­ing them to safe­ty, help­ing them rebuild their lives, and end their cycle of vio­lence.
  • Daya
    DAYA pro­motes healthy fam­i­ly rela­tion­ships in the South-Asian com­mu­ni­ty by pro­vid­ing ser­vices that include coun­sel­ing, refer­rals, legal advo­ca­cy, and finan­cial sup­port to women and chil­dren affect­ed by fam­i­ly vio­lence and sex­u­al assault. Daya also pro­motes aware­ness on top­ics rel­e­vant to the wel­fare of South Asian fam­i­lies through edu­ca­tion­al sem­i­nars, pub­li­ca­tions, and out­reach events.

Cross Regional

  • DeQH
    DeQH offers free, con­fi­den­tial, cul­tur­al­ly sen­si­tive peer sup­port, infor­ma­tion and resources by tele­phone for LGBTQ South Asian indi­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and friends around the globe. The intent is to pro­vide a safe and sup­port­ive ear for callers to share their con­cerns, ques­tions, strug­gles or hopes through con­ver­sa­tions with trained South Asian Peer Sup­port Vol­un­teers.
  • Queer South Asian Nation­al Net­work (QSANN)
    QSANN’s mis­sion is to con­nect, strength­en, and sup­port queer South Asian orga­ni­za­tions, lead­ers, and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers in build­ing sus­tain­able and inclu­sive com­mu­ni­ties that prac­tice and mobi­lize around racial and gen­der jus­tice, LGBTQIA+ lib­er­a­tion, and inter­sec­tion­al move­ment build­ing with­in and beyond our own iden­ti­ties.
  • Mann Muk­ti 
    Man­n­Muk­ti trans­lates to “men­tal lib­er­a­tion” in Hin­di. Our mis­sion is to encour­age healthy, open dia­logue of men­tal health issues in an effort to remove stig­ma, improve aware­ness and pro­mote self-care.