Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide count of every person living in the country as of April 1 of that year: from babies to grandparents, born in the U.S. or anywhere in the world, urban and rural… everyone.

Getting it right is essential, because this decennial count will determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed, how seats in Congress are allocated, and much more.

MIRA has always worked to encourage Census participation among immigrants and refugees, but this time we’re playing a much bigger role: our executive director, Eva A. Millona, chairs the Statewide Complete Count Committee, and we’ve hired a special Complete Count Coordinator, Vatsady Sivongxay, who is conducting trainings and helping mobilize advocates to raise awareness of the Census, assuage concerns in our communities, and ensure a complete count. MIRA is also an active member of MassCounts, a statewide alliance of nonprofits working on the 2020 Census.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the coronavirus, we have shifted all our Census outreach to digital activities.

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Key links:

Learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census

► Download our 3-fold pamphlet in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or French

Download our FAQ

Mass. Census materials (Google Drive, lots of resources)

Census operations changes due to COVID-19

How many people have responded so far in each state?

Census residence criteria and situations