Deepa Iyer is a South Asian-American writer and lawyer. She covers issues of race, law and policy, and Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities for Colorlines. Iyer's writing has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera America, and Huffington Post. Her first book, "We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future" (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award and was selected as a top 10 multicultural non-fiction books of 2015. Iyer served as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade and previously worked at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center and the Asian American Justice Center. She is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion. Iyer immigrated to Kentucky from Kerala when she was 12. She lives in the Washington D.C. area.
Even though our Muslim-, South Asian- and Arab-American communities have been confronting and surviving backlash and criminalization in the 15 years since 9/11, our lives, identities and futures are at stake like never before.
The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in the case of Purvi Patel, the Indian-American woman sentenced to 20 years for feticide and neglect of a dependent in 2015. Advocates say her treatment was racially biased and will deter other pregnant women from seeking medical care.
By signing a U.S. Department of Justice Department consent decree, the city's police department is agreeing to address officers' excessive use of force, implicit bias, treatment of people who are mentally ill, and a range of other problems.