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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Census 2020: Strategies to Promote Census Participation

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Census data provides critical information our leaders rely upon to allocate funds and other resources to community services, such as education, health care, legal, and public safety programs. Efforts by this administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, as well as increased immigration enforcement actions, threaten full participation by immigrants and their families and place programs at risk. As advocates, we have a stake in ensuring that our clients have equal access to community programs and services. Speakers will provide an update on the national debate and recent litigation around the 2020 Census and recommend strategies local officials and stakeholders can use to counter disinformation and other barriers that could dramatically reduce participation in this important civic process.


Susan E. Reed

Managing Attorney, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

Shagufta Ahmed

National Partnership Program, US Census Bureau
Shagufta Ahmed is currently on detail with the National Partnership Program (NPP) team with the Communications Directorate at the U.S. Census Bureau. At Census, Shagufta works with faith-based organizations, Middle East and North African (MENA) organizations and communities, and federal... Read More →

Christy Williams

Advocacy Attorney, State and Local, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Christy Williams is an advocacy attorney with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). Williams joined CLINIC in January 2016 to manage the State and Local Immigration Project, where she provides legal advice and technical support to CLINIC affiliates who advocate for immigrants... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm EST
Cadillac A 5th Floor