Civil Rights Groups Launches Multilingual 2020 Census Hotlines

Style Magazine Newswire | 2/11/2020, 9:39 a.m.

Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in partnership with the Arab American Institute, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and NALEO Educational Fund, are launching 2020 Census hotlines for the communities they serve. The suite of hotlines will operate in over ten languages and serves as a crucial resource for individuals who have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming 2020 Census.

These civil rights organizations will be coordinating to provide information about the Census, answer questions, and when needed, follow up on challenges to participating in the count. Each organization also possesses extensive experience operating hotlines for the communities they serve and will be able to provide assistance nationwide. The hotlines will answer calls in English, Spanish, Arabic, and eight Asian languages.

“The Census Hotline is designed as a real-time resource for individuals who have questions regarding the upcoming Census – from basic information requests to legal incidents that may require a rapid response,” said Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Our central goal is ensuring a full and accurate count of all people, with a particular focus on communities that have historically proven hard to count including African American men and boys, immigrants, young children, renters and more. By connecting communities to a trusted advocate, our aim is to expand and deepen civic engagement for all people living in this country. We aim to eliminate all barriers that might prevent people from accessing the 2020 Census, which drives the allocation of federal funding, shapes redistricting efforts at virtually every level, and informs public policies for the next decade. Our hotline and the accompanying educational support and legal assistance that it provides will bring us one step closer to ensuring a successful 2020 Census that leaves no one behind.”

The following operating organizations’ 2020 Census hotline numbers and information are as follows:

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law: (888)-COUNT20 or (888)-268-6820

Arab American Institute: (833) 333-6864; (833)-3DDOUNI ("Count me" in Arabic)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC: (844) 2020-API or (844) 202-0274

The hotline will be available in English, Mandarin (普通話), Cantonese (廣東話), Korean (한국어), Vietnamese (tiếng Việt), Tagalog, Urdu (اردو), Hindi (हिंदी), and Bengali/Bangla (বাংলা).

NALEO Educational Fund: (877)-EL-CENSO or (877)-352-3676

“The Census is about ensuring we are all counted, and we know we are facing more challenges than unusal with the 2020 Decennial Census. We are proud to join our coalition partners in ensuring people have a resource to turn to when they have questions or need help,” said Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute. “We are excited to launch our Arabic/English bilingual Census hotline as a resource for the millions of Arab Americans across the country who require safe roads, good schools, health care research, and political representation, to name just a few of the many important things that rely on accurate census data. We are constantly working to ensure Arab Americans are fairly and accurately counted in 2020, and the hotline (833-3DDOUNI) is a key part of that effort.”