Founded as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996, the Sikh
American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is a national civil rights and educational organization in the United States
. SALDEF is a national 501(c) 3 non-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization.
SALDEF’s mission is to protect the civil rights of Sikh Americans and ensure a fostering environment in the United States for our future generations. SALDEF empowers Sikh Americans through legal assistance, educational outreach, legislative advocacy, and media relations.
In 1996, SALDEF began as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), an all-volunteer organization. At the time, SALDEF's primary focus was on media analysis and education. However, based on the needs of the Sikh American community, SMART immediately began responding to civil rights, legislative, employment, and accommodation issues. In November 2004, SMART changed its name to SALDEF. SALDEF currently maintains a professionally-staffed national office in Washington, DC. Furthermore, SALDEF has several Regional Directors and local representatives across the country. Additionally, the Office of Legal Affairs includes several part-time volunteer attorneys who handle legal matters affecting Sikh Americans.
SALDEF’s Office of Legal Affairs provides free legal assistance on civil rights and civil liberties issues. The Office of Legal Affairs consists of volunteer... Read More