Census 2010

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AALDEF's 2010 Project is a multi-faceted project utilizing community education, trainings, advocacy and legal support to ensure that Asian Americans are accurately counted in the decennial event.

Beginning in March 2010, AALDEF will be monitoring several aspects of the actual census count.  Having problems with a Census taker, or need language assistance with the Census form?  Fill out a confidential problem report form and return it to us; we'll follow up.

Online Problem Report Form (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Urdu, and Vietnamese)

Problem Report Form (Download the PDF): English, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, Gujarati, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Urdu, Vietnamese

Community Education
AALDEF has released several multilingual fact sheets and reports on Census issues:

Fact Sheet #1: Important Things You Should Know About the Census
Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Punjabi, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese

Fact Sheet #2: Census and Political Representation-Redistricting
Bangla, Chinese, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Urdu, Vietnamese

Fact Sheet #3: Census and Bilingual Ballots
Bangla, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese

Report: Interim Assessment of 2010 Census Operations & Outreach to Asian Americans

AAALDEF's bilingual staff members are available to give in-depth trainings and workshops on the 2010 Census and issues specific to Asian American communities. For more information or to schedule a training, please click here.

In 2000, AALDEF prevailed on important policy issues that affected the nation, such as a legal opinion ensuring the confidentiality of census information and a moratorium on immigration raids during the census. In 2010, AALDEF has again presented the concerns of Asian Americans to top census officials and policymakers in Washington, DC and Census Bureau Regional Directors.

Next Steps
After the 2010 census, AALDEF will continue to educate the community about the American Community Survey (ACS), which is conducted every month in a random sample of households. AALDEF 's Democracy Project will also work on monitoring the congressional midterm elections in 2010 in several states; redistricting in 2011, so that Asian Americans have opportunities to elect candidates of their choice; and tracking the Census Bureau's release in 2012 of new jurisdictions and languages covered under the language assistance provisions (Section 203) of the Voting Rights Act, as well as helping community advocates to monitor compliance. Check back for more updates on AALDEF's next steps in the months to come.