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August 19th 2013:Asian Americans: Expanding Voice in Civil Rights

September 11th put many South Asians under a spotlight colored by race and sometimes religion. This isn’t the first time Asian Americans were targets. The Japanese internment or incarceration camps during WWII rarely surface as racism in the USA. How many know who Vincent Chin was, and how the hate violence against him inspired a whole generation of Asian American activists? The presence of Asian Americans in Civil Rights movements has long been here, however, the expansion of a larger community voice is emerging across many of the ethnic Asian American groups. South Asians from Bangladesh, I

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Deepa Iyer

Deepa Iyer is the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national, non-profit organization in the Washington, DC area. She has guided SAALT’s direction on policy advocacy, programs and partnerships since 2004. Ms. Iyer is also the Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. An attorney by training, Ms. Iyer has previously worked at Asian American legal organizations as well as the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she litigated immigration-related unfair employment practices and addressed the post September 11th backlash facing South Asian, Muslim, Sikh and Arab American communities. Regarded as an expert on the impa
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