Recognizing the rapid growth of the South Asian community in Southern California and the inability of other organizations to address its issues meaningfully, community activists founded SAN in 1990. Through 20 years of organizing and advocacy work, SAN has established trust and credibility within the South Asian community. The organization has successfully addressed the very issues that typically divide South Asian immigrants – religion, nationality, language, gender and sexual orientation- recasting them as necessary elements of a progressive South Asian American community and a multiethnic Southern California.
Community Stakeholders have created an intersectional, multilingual, and culturally competent approach to community organizing – outreach and education, direct service, and policy advocacy – across three program units: 1) AWAZ Voices Against Violence Unit, 2) Community Health Action Initiative (CHAI) Unit, and 3) Civil Rights Unit (CRU). SAN’s programs span L.A. County and focus on three geographic areas with dense South Asian populations: Artesia area, Koreatown, and South Bay.