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.


SAAPRI Participates in AAPI Civic Engagement Panel: “Have we built Asian American Power?”

SAAPRI was delighted to sponsor and participate in a panel about AAPI political empowerment along with other community organizations: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – AAPIP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago – AAJC, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC, and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – ICIRR. The event was hosted by […]

Community Organizations Condemn Attack Against Muslim Women in Rogers Park

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN ISLAMOPHOBIA AMID A RISE IN ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY AND HATE CRIMES  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2016 Chicago, IL – A broad coalition of organizations, including Center for New Community (CNC), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Chicago Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American Islamic […]

SAAPRI Supports Asian American Youth-Led Initiative for Black Lives

SAAPRI SUPPORTS ASIAN AMERICAN YOUTH-LED INITIATIVE FOR BLACK LIVES In light of the continuing police violence against Black folks in the United States, Asian American youth across the country spearheaded an initiative to write an open letter to families and communities about why Black lives should matter to us, too. Youth also translated the letter […]

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 […]