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 Opposes DACA Rescission

DACA DECISION HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR CONGRESSIONAL SOLUTION AND LOCAL MUNICIPAL ID POLICIES THAT SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, SOUTH ASIANS The President’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in six months has injected tremendous uncertainty and fear into the lives and communities of over 800,000 DACA recipients. If the program expires, DACA recipients will […]

SAAPRI Condemns White Supremacist Violence

In the aftermath of the recent deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, the President’s moral equivocations in renouncing white supremacists, and the frightening resurgence of hate crimes in the past year (i), it has become clear that white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others motivated by bigotry have been emboldened to act upon their hate in our communities. […]

SAAPRI Participates in Panel at South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference

SAAPRI was delighted to contribute to a panel discussion regarding political outreach and advocacy at the first conference on South Asian womanhood and girlhood at Loyola University Chicago. The panel featured Reema Kapur, SAAPRI Executive Director; Kathleen Yang-Clayton, independent consultant; and Shobhana Johri Verma, the director of the South Asian Outreach Program at the Chicago Board […]

SAAPRI Hosts Annual Fundraiser to Support Civic Engagement

  On Thursday, September 15, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) hosted “Our Vote Matters!,” an event focusing on the organization’s civic engagement initiative. The event brought together over 40 supporters, board members and staff together for a thoughtful conversation regarding SAAPRI’s get out the vote (GOTV) work in advance of the 2016 […]