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.


2017: SAAPRI’s Year in Review

2017 has been a year of new beginnings for SAAPRI, as we charged ahead with a focus on developing new means of community engagement. Below is a review of some of the initiatives of which we have been a part.  Ahimsa: The End of Violence (May 22) SAAPRI co-hosted the ‘Ahimsa: The End of Violence’ performance […]

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. […]