The South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2001 with the mission to serve South Asian Americans in the Chicago area, by using research to formulate equitable and socially responsible policy recommendations. SAAPRI’s work has included research and policy initiatives on civic engagement, hate crimes, access to health care, economic development, and immigration.
SAAPRI conducts research on emerging issues of importance to South Asian Americans in response to community needs. Projects are designed to create dialogue and better understanding, drawing from SAAPRI’s expertise in community-based research and collaborations with partner organizations, academic institutions, and community members.
SAAPRI advances public policy by responding to community issues and formulating data-driven solutions. SAAPRI voices the community’s concerns to public officials at the local, state, and national levels; conducts outreach to community members and media; works strategically in cross-racial coalitions; hosts public forums; and participates in speaking engagements to various audiences.
SAAPRI is proud to be supported by individual donors, community organizations, state and local institutions, and foundations.