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The Power of Knowing Your Rights

In response to the divisive political rhetoric coming from our current administration, climate of uncertainty and tension, and significant increase in incidences of bias and hate, SALDEF has joined together with our local and national partners to arrange two Know Your Rights Forums. To further aid our local Sikh American communities in better understanding their rights and in identifying and forming […]

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Join us For Know Your Rights Forums Nationwide

Who would you contact if your child was being bullied in school? What if your property was vandalized with racist graffiti? To answer these and other questions, please join SALDEF and our partners at Know Your Rights (KYR) Forums across the country starting this week. Our first KYR Forum is this Sunday, March 26, 2017 […]

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SikhLEADers Prepare to Serve

SALDEF recently held our sixth annual SikhLEAD Leadership Development Program (LDP) in Los Angeles, CA. Sixteen Sikh American youth from across the country gathered to learn how to become effective leaders in their communities. The professional and educational backgrounds of the cohort were incredibly diverse–from financial analysts to union organizers and graduate students in policy, […]

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Prevailing Over Hate from the Capitol to Local Communities

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) joined Members of Congress, and national civil rights organizations on Capitol Hill to honor the victims of hate violence in South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, Arab communities across the country last Friday. The event underscored the need to bring national attention to the increase in hate violence […]

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SALDEF Opposes New Executive Order

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) strongly opposes the Executive Order issued by President Trump on Monday.  Key components of the previous Executive Order persist, particularly the provisions continuing to restrict immigration to the U.S. from six Arab and Muslim-majority countries, and suspension of the refugee program. Despite its minor tweaks, the […]

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SALDEF Responds to Kent, Washington Shooting

Last Friday, a Sikh man was shot and injured in the driveway of his home after allegedly being told, “Go back to your country.” The FBI is working with the local police department in Kent, Washington to investigate the incident as a hate crime and locate the gunman. The Sikh man, who wishes to remain […]

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SALDEF Condemns Recent Attacks

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) expresses our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and extends our wishes for a full recovery to Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot. Last week, two Indian American immigrants were targeted and shot in a bar in Olathe, Kansas. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed, […]

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SALDEF Again Training Emerging Leaders

For the sixth consecutive year, SALDEF will be training emerging leaders in the SikhLEAD Leadership Development Program (LDP). Starting this weekend in Los Angeles, we will support 16 diverse, motivated, and entrepreneurial group of young Sikh Americans as they prepare for a lifetime of community leadership. SALDEF humbly asks for your continued financial support for […]

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Statement on Dismissal of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

Having worked with Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, SALDEF was disappointed to learn last night that she was abruptly removed from that position. She was dismissed after refusing to defend President Trump’s executive order sealing the nation’s borders to refugees and people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. SALDEF has opposed these anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim […]

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SALDEF Opposes Anti-Immigrant Executive Orders

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) strongly opposes the anti-immigrant Executive Orders issued last week by the Trump Administration. These policies expand deportation, criminalize immigrants, defund sanctuary cities, and enforce harmful border policies. Last week, President Trump signed an Executive Order that halts the entire U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days, […]

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