NEW YORK (TIP): For nearly 20 years, SALDEF has provided trainings to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as part of the Law Enforcement Partnership Program (LEPP). These presentations are conducted by SALDEF staff and Regional Directors. Among other accolades, SALDEF was recognized by the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) inaugural Community Partnership Award at their National Conference.

This program continues to expand as the following agencies contact us: colleges and universities, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs and Border Protection, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

New Jersey

Kiran Kaur Gill and Amman Seehra conducted two trainings this summer in New Jersey. In August, they addressed approximately 40 recruits at the Mercer County Police Academy in New Jersey. The following month, they presented to about 30 officers-including the Chief of Police Chris Nitti-of the Robbinsville, NJ Police Department.


SALDEF Board Member Kavneet Singh served on a panel for the EEOC’s Western regional conference this summer. The approximately 60 attendees included employers, HR representatives, and investigators. Kavneet addressed common religious accommodations for Sikh Americans and shared examples of employment-related challenges faced by the community. The EEOC is a federal agency in charge of enforcing federal employment laws that make it illegal to discriminate against job applicants or employees based on religion.

Southern California

This summer, Gurpreet Kaur presented two trainings at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy. She delivered SALDEF’s law enforcement training to more than 100 attendees. The program was sponsored by the county’s Commission on Human Relations.


In July, SALDEF Regional Director Jaswant Singh Chani conducted a law enforcement training for more than 60 policy academy personnel and supervisory staff at Middlesex Community College, Lowell. Jaswant has now made dozens of presentations to hundreds of officers. SALDEF is inspired by his commitment to this volunteer effort.

If you would like SALDEF to conduct a training in your local community, please email or call our national office at 202-393-2700.

Thank you for continuing to work with SALDEF to ensure Sikh Americans are accurately represented as a vibrant part of our nation’s fabric. Please make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support SALDEF by clicking here or going to on your mobile device now. Thank You.


Founded in 1996, SALDEF’s mission is to achieve equal access and opportunity for Sikh Americans by protecting civil rights, building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic and political participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans.

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Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
1730 M St NW, Suite 909 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-393-2700 Fax: 202-318-3344
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