South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association Swearing-In

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng helped swear in the all-star executive board of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens. (Photo via Queens Tribune)

The South Asian and Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens (SAICBA-Q), founded last year, organized an inaugural celebration on Jan. 24 to swear in its executive board, with Rep. Grace Meng doing the honors. In reporting on the ceremony, held at Haveli Restaurant in Forest Hills, Queens Tribune’s Trone Dowd writes that SAICBA-Q brings together attorneys from Indo-Caribbean and South Asian backgrounds to work to diversify the field of law, offer mentorships, and bring legal assistance to underserved communities in Queens.

SAICBA-Q President Ushir Pandit-Durant, a native of India, became the first person of South Asian descent to serve as a civil court judge in Queens in 2015.

“The membership of an organization like this were it to exist at the time I was starting my career, we probably would have had a member of one, maybe a handful of attorneys,” she said. “But today, we are a strong, professional group of over 100 attorneys and at least two lawyers here in Queens County.”

Go to Queens Tribune for more on the event, including the public officials in attendance and why Queens attorney Ali Najmi said that the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities are “no longer emerging.”

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