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Association of Indians in America

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History

The Association of Indians in America (AIA) is the oldest national association of Asian Indians. It was founded on August 20, 1967 in Princeton, New Jersey after the United States Congress repealed the Asian Exclusion Act of 1917. The Constitution of AIA was adopted in 1970.  AIA is a grass roots national organization with 17 chapters spread across the United States.

SELECTED AIA ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Minority Status of South Asian Americans for civil rights purposes in 1970
  • Separate enumeration of Asian Indians in the US census starting in 1980
  • Representation before US Congress to testify for family reunification provision in the Immigration bill
  • Effectively addressed the issue of discrimination in recognition and licensing of Indian physicians on the Foreign Medical Graduates Committee of the American Medical Association
  • Voter Registration drive
  • “Project India” has channeled more than $15 million in funds and equipment for projects and relief work in India
  • First Diwali celebration at the White House, Washington DC in 2003