"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Serving Vulnerable Communities Globally: Introduction to ICAAD

Vision: As societies build walls of separation between communities, ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity.

Mission: The International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) is an nonprofit organization founded for the charitable purpose of eradicating structural discrimination globally, and to promote human rights norms consistent with public international law.Using high impact strategic litigation, coalition building, leveraged partnerships, and international law, ICAAD strives to combat both structural discrimination and the State’s failure to protect vulnerable communities. Our project-based approach utilizes small teams of experts to identify specific structural discrimination policies, marshal resources and key partnerships, and provide strategic support with the aim of systematically tearing down these policies globally.

“Anytime you analyze these genocides or look at these incidents of mass violence, whether they be in India or Africa or even the U.S., the discrimination that was taking place underlying that violence has been happening for many years prior to that.” – Jaspreet Singh, ICAAD Co-Founder

“To address the complexity of structural discrimination often requires a holistic approach. ICAAD invokes international law, technology, and art, bringing in disparate voices, to combine those voices into one powerful movement that really addresses the most difficult of issues in society.” – Hansdeep Singh, ICAAD Co-Founder

“With ICAAD we do the research, you want to know not what the government says, but what the people say; then we want to see what the government’s responses is.” – Judge Marjory Fields, ICAAD Senior Advisor


Great talk! "Dr. Prabhjot Singh is on a mission to makes healthcare more accessible. His “a-ha moment” came as he attended the funeral of one of his patients where he saw the man in context of his life and community, rather than the bare facts included on his chart. Singh realized that this man’s death had been the result of the collective failure of many systems—education, mental health, neighborhood safety, job placement, veteran support. In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Singh insists that we must discard our top-down approach to the healthcare system and that regardless of our leadership, the solutions won’t come from our government. We must rebuild our system from the neighborhood up." ... See MoreSee Less

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"Article 25, sub-clause 1 of the Indian Constitution guarantees
that “subject to public order, morality and health,
all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience
and the right to freely to profess, practice and propagate
religion.”38 However, its sub-clause 2 (B) and its corresponding
Explanation II is considered very controversial.
While Explanation I states that the wearing and
carrying of kirpans shall be deemed to be included in
the profession of the Sikh religion. Explanation II in
sub-clause 2 (B) states, “Hindus shall be construed as
including a reference to persons professing the Sikh, Jain
or Buddhist religion, and the reference to Hindu religious
institutions shall be construed accordingly.”39 This
constitutional provision is very discriminatory, as it connotes
that even as a multi-faith state, India seems to be
concerned about the social welfare of only one religion
(Hinduism) and its religious institutions. The appended
Explanation II effectively groups Sikhs, Buddhists, and
Jains into Hinduism. Explanation II has also led to other
discriminatory laws against these religions, including
the Hindu Succession Act (1956), Hindu Marriage Act
(1955), Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (1956),
and Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act (1956). These
laws are largely viewed to force legal assimilation of
these religions into Hinduism, rather than recognizing
them as distinct religious identities."
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