Adhikaar, meaning “rights,” is a New York-based nonprofit organizing the Nepali-speaking community to promote human rights and social justice for all. We create access to information, build community leadership, and grow collective power to win rights for our communities and dignity and equity for all. Established in 2005, Adhikaar is the only organization providing essential services and mobilizing the Nepali-speaking community to raise our voices and take collective action against injustices on issues affecting us. We achieve this through organizing, community education, grassroots advocacy, leadership development, and direct services. Our program areas are workers’ rights, immigrant rights, access to healthcare, and language justice.
Based in New York City, Adhikaar is a member-based organization with over 6,000 participating members, which directly supports more than 15,000 people and engages more than 50,000 people a year. Our members are mostly workers in informal sectors of the economy and are the driving force behind Adhikaar. Over 80% of our members are based in New York City, and Adhikaar has a growing membership in New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and, to a lesser degree, 10 other states across the country. We are growing into an organization with a national presence and the potential to expand our work into numerous cities across the U.S. Adhikaar is powered by a growing staff of 14+ people, including full-time and part-time staff, 10+ fellows, and a robust team of skilled consultants who support our team. Our work is focused on membership development and organizing to build power to face the issues that impact our community.