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.


June 30th marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 – signed into law on October 3, 1965 and effective on June 30, 1968 – was a watershed piece of immigration legislation that has had tremendous impact on the country and the South Asian American community. The Act made immigration more inclusive and emphasized family unification, setting up the means […]

Our Immigrant Families at Risk: Border Policy, Muslim Ban, and a Broken System

The Trump administration’s attack on immigrants and families has continued in devastating and cruel ways. In April 2018, the administration implemented its “zero-tolerance policy” for migrants crossing the border, many of whom are seeking asylum in the U.S. This policy actively prosecutes and detains those arriving at the border and has been used as the […]

Ahimsa: The End of Violence, Our Summer Series on Violence Prevention, kicked off at Abbott Park in Roseland

On Friday, June 15, SAAPRI and the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, conducted the first in a series of Night Out in the Park events titled “Ahimsa: The End of Violence.” The event was held in Abbott Park, located on the far south side of Chicago in the […]

South Asian Americans Make History in IL Primary Elections

The March 20th Illinois Primary elections were historic for the South Asian American community in Illinois. Not only were there numerous South Asian American candidates running for positions in all levels of government, but for the first time in Illinois history, a South Asian American candidate will serve in the Illinois General Assembly. Ram Villivalam won the […]