Articles

Please read the following articles featured in our first volume.  

Discrimination Undeterred: Xenophobic Rhetoric, Profiling, and Discrimination Affecting South Asians, Muslim, and Sikh Communities in the United States by Mary Cyriac and Priya Murthy. 
Mary Cyriac is a former Policy Associate for South Asian Americans Leading Together where she specialized in Civil Rights and Immigration Reform. Cyriac is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Wesleyan University. As an undergraduate, Mary coordinated a tutoring program for youth residents of a low-income housing development. Before attending law school she worked at the Philadelphia Development Partnership through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, assisting low-income business owners to gain access to loans and technical assistance. As a law student, Mary volunteered as a student advocate with Shelter Legal Services, served as a Teaching Assistant for the first year Legal Practice course, and worked as a research assistant in the area of micro credit.

Priya Murthy is the Policy Director for South Asian Americans Leading Together, a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. As Policy Director, Murthy monitors and analyzes legislative and administrative policies affecting the South Asian community; conducts advocacy on various policy issues; and develops educational materials for the South Asian community members and organizations. She also represents the organization as a member of immigrant and civil rights coalitions as well as before lawmakers and governmental agencies. She previously worked for various Immigration Courts, the Amnesty International Refugee Office and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi. Priya received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies.

I am Macaca: An Early Study of Legal Issues in the Indian-American Community by Rohit R. Paul. 

Rohit R. Paul is the former founding Editor-in-Chief of Satyam: The Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Journal on South Asia and the Law and former President of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law’s South Asian Law Students Association. As an undergraduate, Paul served as President, Webmaster, and Ambassador for his college’s South Asian Students Alliance. During law school, he interned with the Chicago Public Schools where he served as a law clerk for the Department of Law, a law intern with the Office of Employee Relations, and as a legal public policy intern in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer. He received the Fall 2009 CALI Award for Employment Relationships, the Spring 2011 CALI Award for School Law, made the Dean’s List, and was named into Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Bar and Gavel Society. Paul received his Juris Doctor from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences from Loyola University Chicago.  He is presently working with the Chicago Public Schools.

 

Examining Domestic Violence and South Asian Immigrants to the U.S. by Laura Finley.
Laura Finley is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Finley earned a BA in Secondary Education, an MA in Education and Professional Development, and a Ph.D. in Sociology, all from Western Michigan University. The courses she teaches include introduction to criminology, theories of deviance, critical issues in criminal justice, sociology of violence, elite and organized crime, and perspective consciousness and social justice. Dr. Finley is the author or co-author of seven books on various social justice topics. She regularly presents at professional conferences on issues related to peace, human rights, and social justice, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these issues. She is also a community activist, serving with several non-profits to provide services to victims of domestic violence and essential human rights. Her current work is focused on peace education in colleges and universities.

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