India America Center for Social Justice (IACSJ) is a 501c4 non-partisan organization founded by Indian Americans who have long subscribed to the virtues of pluralism, tolerance, and respect of human rights in the land of their ancestors (India) and in their present homeland (USA).
IACSJ is politically agnostic and issue based, primarily focused on protecting and advancing religious freedom as a fundamental human right by foregrounding it as a necessary component of US foreign policy and as America’s commitment to defending democracy and freedom globally.
IACSJ works with a broad coalition of Indian American, Civil Rights, and Human Rights organizations that are committed to ensuring that Indian and American institutions and discourse are safeguarded from intolerant and hateful ideologies.
IACSJ was launched on August 15th 2020, accepting fully the symbolic significance of the day in Indian history, and pledging to ensure the independence of people and institutions from hateful ideologies.
You can contribute to IACSJ online here.
IACSJ is a 501c4 organization with Tax-Id 85-1444234. Contributions to IACSJ are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. These funds may be used for political purposes. Corporate contributions are not accepted. You must be either a US citizen or a lawful permanent resident to contribute to IACSJ. The maximum an individual can contribute to IACSJ is $5000 per calendar year.
In recent years, the international order of the late twentieth century has come under increasing pressure with nationalism on the rise that is affecting religious freedom and human rights. The most rapid and alarming rise of nationalism and religious bigotry, expressed in the form of religious freedom and human rights violations (GVHR) against minorities and the caste-oppressed, is actually occurring in India and is a threat to democratic and constitutional norms, not just in India but in the US as well.
In the US religious freedom is a fundamental human right that is at the core of the American way of life. It is a vital element of national security, critical to ensuring a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable world. The US is more safer when fundamental rights are protected worldwide.
IACSJ was formed to strengthen the common values that bind the world’s two largest secular democracies (India and US) by ensuring that US-India partnership remains grounded in protecting religious freedom, upholding the rule of law, and democratic principles.
The mission of IACSJ is “to safeguard the constitutional rights of India’s minorities and marginalized communities.”
The vision of IACSJ is to ensure inclusive and tolerant societies grounded in respect for human rights and rule of law, whose governments are accountable and adhere to democratic governance in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on religion, race, or ethnicity.
- To promote political awareness and activism of Indian Americans to protect religious freedom, human rights, and other constitutional guarantees afforded to the minorities and the marginalized in India.
- To bring to fore attempts by political and non-political actors that aim to undermine those constitutional guarantees.
- To work with elected representatives, think-tanks, human rights organizations, civil society, and media to educate, inform, and highlight issues of concern of U.S.-based Indian Americans.
- To engage in evidence-based research to combat hateful ideologies and policy-driven solutions to advocate and achieve social justice and uplift the minorities and the marginalized communities for a better future.
- To work with civil society groups, paralegals, human rights, and social justice advocates to provide assistance to those who face discrimination and prejudice purely for who they are.
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