The 2020 U.S. Census
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.