South Asian American Policy & Research Institute

Empowering Communities For A Better Tomorrow

South Asian Americans

The growing significance of our community


SAAPRI conducts critical research and advances public policy.


SAAPRI hosts public events and educates diverse audiences.


Chicago South Asian Deferred Action Coalition Disappointed by DACA+/DAPA Supreme Court Decision

  INACTION BY COURTS, CONGRESS TO PROTECT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES MUST BE COUNTERED WITH COMMUNITY ACTIVISM AND ELECTORAL ENGAGEMENT Chicago, IL – As a result of a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court, vital immigration relief for millions of immigrant families remains blocked underscoring the need for unrelenting community activism and electoral engagement. United States v. Texas is a […]

Preventing Violence Against South Asians at Retail Stores

UPDATE: The 2015 focus groups have concluded.  A big thanks to our community members who participated! PREVIOUS FOCUS GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT: You are invited to a research study to prevent violence against South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepali, or Bhutanese) retail workers. If you are selected, you will receive $100 for participating in the focus […]

SAAPRI Welcomes New Executive Director, Reema Kapur

Serving as SAAPRI’s Executive Director since 2011, Ami Gandhi, has decided to transition from her role. She will be leaving at the end of June of 2015 to raise a family and eventually seek new professional opportunities. We are grateful for her years of service and appreciate all the work she has done as the […]

MAP: South Asian-Serving Institutions in Illinois

South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) is pleased to provide this map of South Asian-serving institutions in Illinois as a resource for the community, published in February 2015 in conjunction with the report Voter Registration, Activation, and Engagement in South Asian American Communities in Illinois. SAAPRI thanks Civic Engagement Fellow Harish I. Patel […]