Approximately 4,000 members of the Kashmiri diaspora live in the United States, with a global diaspora of approximately one million people. Many Kashmiri activists abroad are unable to return due to punitive restrictions imposed by the Indian government. Many more in the diaspora live with the threat of travel restrictions, forcing them to remain silent.
In collaboration with other U.S.-based Kashmiri diaspora organizations, such as Friends of Kashmir, Kashmir Mission USA, and the Kashmir American Welfare Association, WKA has a broad mandate of awareness-raising and advocacy through numerous channels and organizations spanning the diplomatic, civic, religious, human rights, and political sectors in the U.S. and internationally.
WKA engages in advocacy efforts with major organizations such as the United Nations Human Rights Council, Amnesty International, Asia Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Association of Parents with Disappeared Persons in Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies, and more. WKA is funded entirely by individual donations from U.S. citizens and is not affiliated with any government or any governmental organization in the U.S. or abroad.