2020 Census

Lawyers, Bar Associations, and the 2020 Census


Counting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities fully and accurately is critical to a successful census. Lawyers, bar associations, and other groups of legal advocates are critical partners in this work. You can help make sure that your community and clients are counted in the 2020 Census.

NAPABA is partnering with community and legal organizations, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the South Asian Bar Association of North America to support efforts to ensure Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities are counted during the 2020 Census.

Households may respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, and by mail. If they do not, they may be visited by the Census Bureau. For more information on how to respond, please visit census.gov.

In light of concerns about the coronavirus, Census officials are encouraging individuals to fill out the form online or by mail. For more information about the Census and COVID-19, please visit CountUsIn2020.org.

Census Hotlines

Community organizations established in-language hotlines to provide assistance, accurate information, and safeguard against Census fraud. We urge you to contact them immediately with questions or in cases of suspected fraud by individuals or groups attempting to pose as census workers, steal personal information, or spread misleading information about the census.

  • Asian Language Hotline: 844--2020-API or 844-202-0274
    • Available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali/Bangla.
    •  Supported by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and APIAVote.
  • General Assistance Hotline: 888-COUNT-20
    • Supported by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.
  • Arabic Language Hotline: 833-3DD-OUNI or 833-333-6864
    • Supported by the Arab American Institute.
  • Spanish Language Hotline: 877-EL-CENSO or 877-352-3676
    •  Supported by the NALEO Education Fund.

Census Resources

  • CountUsIn2020.org - A comprehensive resource about the Census and the AANHPI community. A project of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
  • In-Language Resources - A regularly updated collection of materials in AANHPI languages at CountUsIn2020.org.
  • 2020Census.gov - The official site of the 2020 Census, by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • APIAVote Census Resources - A project of APIAVote.
  • #AAPI2020 Census Toolkit - A toolkit with graphics for the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. A project of NCAPA.
  • In-Language Videos: Completing the 2020 Census - Videos produced by the U.S. Census Bureau explaining how to fill out the Census online.
  • In-Language Videos: Introduction to the Census - A 2-minute video explaining what the Census is and how it impacts local communities. Videos produced by APIAVote, available in: English, Bengali, Burmese, Chamorro, Mandarin, Cantonese, Chuukese, Gujarati, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Marshallese, Nepali, Palauan, Punjabi, Samoan, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Urdu, Vakaviti, Vietnamese.


Bar Association Resources

  • NAPABA Affiliate Grant Program - funding for NAPABA Affiliated Bar Associations to engage in community outreach, community service, and legal aid
  • Census 101: Legal Groups Fact Sheet - by Advancing Justice, NAPABA, and SABA
  • Webinar for Bar Leaders - A webinar by Advancing Justice, NAPABA, and SABA
  • NQAPIA Attorney Ethical Obligations & Census 2020 - Lawyers are under a general ethical obligation to advise their clients and the public in general to comply with federal law and participate in Census 2020. Our partners at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) commissioned legal research reviewing attorney ethical considerations and obligations regarding the Census under the Rules of Professional Conduct in the following thirteen jurisdictions: CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, TX, VA, and WA. The memo is provided for informational purposes and does not constate legal advice covering a specific situation, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. Contact an ethics lawyer for legal advice in your jurisdiction.



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