According to the United States Constitution, the federal government is legally required to count all living persons in the country. However, the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community has historically been undercounted.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington D.C.), Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Advancing Justice - Chicago, and Advancing Justice - Los Angeles.
We aim to fight for an accurate count of AANHPIs in the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census and American Community Survey are opportunities for the government to accurately count AANHPI communities and appropriately allocate resources and services. Without this data, we have seen that it is easy for swaths of our community to go unseen and uncounted. An accurate count of our community in the census is necessary if government services are to be provided to our people and decision makers are to understand our importance.