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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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An Internship with Invaluable Lessons

Interested in government, management, or leadership? If so, please consider applying to SALDEF’s SikhLEAD 2017 DC Summer Internship Program today! Here’s what participant Avneet Kaur Chawla had to say about the internship program: “Out of 11 interns in my office, I am one of two interns of color. Though my colleagues might not think twice […]

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Intern in DC This Summer

Do you, or someone you know, have an interest in government, management, or leadership? If so, please consider applying to SALDEF’s SikhLEAD DC Internship Program today! The internship program an 8-12 week D.C.-based experience allowing college students, graduate students, and recent graduates to explore a potential career track while creating a network of professional and […]

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SikhLEAD: One Week to Apply!

SALDEF’s SikhLEAD Leadership Development Program (LDP) empowers Sikh American youth to become effective leaders committed to realizing both their personal potential and that of the Sikh American community. Applications for the 2017 #LDP6 cohort are due in one week. Please visit this link to apply today! Since its founding in 2010, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) […]

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An Urgent Request to Support SALDEF

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh! In less than 48 hours, we are going to close the books on our 2016 fundraising. These are critical hours because if we don’t make our goal, we won’t have the funds run all our programs next year. Just this week, we learned that a revised policy would […]

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New NYPD Turban/Beard Policy: Positive Step, Further Review Needed

SALDEF welcomed New York Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill’s announcement of a policy change that allows Sikh officers to wear full turbans. While applauding this step, the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights organization also urged further review so all can serve while adhering to their religious beliefs. “We commend Commissioner O’Neill on this positive […]

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