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Deepa Iyer

Senior Fellow, Center for Social Inclusion
Washington, DC

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Deepa Iyer is an expert on hate violence, profiling, and the intersections between immigration and national security policy as they relate to the MASA community.

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Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, and racial justice advocate. Ms. Iyer’s areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, national security and immigration policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices. 

Ms. Iyer is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and a member of the 2017 Soros Equality Fellows cohort. She served for a decade as the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Her first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), has received a 2016 American Book Award and was selected as a top 10 multicultural non-fiction books of 2015 by Booklist.  

Ms. Iyer’s current work includes a collaborative project around rapid response coordination in the wake of criminalization policies and efforts and a solidarity project which includes a monthly podcast called Solidarity Is This, available here. She has published opinion editorials in The New York Times, CNN.com, The Nation, The Huffington Post and The Guardian.

An immigrant who moved to Kentucky from Kerala (India) when she was twelve, Deepa graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and Vanderbilt University.  

Topics

  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
  • Immigration
  • Hate Crimes and Violence

Issue Areas

Racial/Religious Profiling, Immigration, Hate Violence/Hate Crimes, National Security, Discrimination and Bigotry, US Politics, Race and Racism

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