2020 Census Campaign

The Con­sti­tu­tion man­dates a count­ing of all per­sons in the U.S every 10 years. This count is regard­less of doc­u­men­ta­tion or (im)migration status.The last Cen­sus Day was April 1st 2020, when offi­cial invi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in Cen­sus 2020 were mailed. See our advo­ca­cy about 2020’s cen­sus below:

We know it’s been a tough road with the embat­tled cit­i­zen­ship ques­tion, which ulti­mate­ly will not be includ­ed in the Cen­sus form. But there are still no paid ad cam­paigns in any South Asian lan­guages at this time; the Cen­sus will be pri­mar­i­ly com­plet­ed through an online form for the first time; and there have been many updates to the race and eth­nic­i­ty cat­e­gories, which will impact our communities.

With approx­i­mate­ly 5.8 mil­lion South Asians cur­rent­ly liv­ing in the Unit­ed States, an increase from the 3.5 mil­lion count­ed in the 2010 Cen­sus, it is imper­a­tive to make sure the Unit­ed States South Asian pop­u­la­tion is accu­rate­ly rep­re­sent­ed in the 2020 Cen­sus.  An accu­rate count will also deter­mine how more than 675 bil­lion dol­lars in fed­er­al aid will be dis­trib­uted to schools, roads, hos­pi­tals, and oth­er crit­i­cal programs.

Inter­est­ed in host­ing a region­al 2020 Cen­sus Work­shop in your city? Get more infor­ma­tion fol­low­ing this link.


  • Cen­sus 2020 webi­nar with a US Cen­sus Bureau Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and SAALT’s ED Lak­sh­mi Sri­daran | Feb 12th, 2020. Watch it here. Slides here: Cen­sus 2020 webinar_2.12.20
  • 2020 Cen­sus Engage­ment Cam­paign | July 15th — Roksana Mun, Direc­tor of Strat­e­gy and Train­ing at D.R.U.M., and Mah­noor Hus­sain, Pol­i­cy Asso­ciate at SAALT, lead NCSO mem­bers in an overview of the Cen­sus, what to expect in the 2020 Cen­sus, and a toolk­it to pro­vide under­stand­ing of and guid­ance how to com­plete the 2020 Cen­sus. The webi­nar can be viewed using this link.


Impact of 2020 Cen­sus — Break­down by State & Pro­gram — Devel­oped by George Wash­ing­ton Insti­tute of Policy