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Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the 2020 Census

This webinar will focus on Non-Response Follow Up (NRFU) operations, how local organizations on the ground are adapting their outreach plans in the midst of COVID-19, and how to identify census enumerators. The webinar is recorded, and a recording and the presentation will be shared following the webinar. If you cannot join the live webinar, you can still RSVP to receive the recording afterwards.

Speakers:

An Le is the 2020 Census Statewide Network Manager with the Voting Rights and Census program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. She had the privilege to work as a legal organizer for the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, a research analyst for SEIU-United Service Workers West and United Healthcare Workers West, and a project director of community engagement at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. An received her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and her J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.

Amy Torres is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC). Amy joined CPC in 2013, overseeing its Adult Literacy Program in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. She then served as Deputy Director for CPC’s Education and Career Services while supporting the merge of CPC’s workforce development and youth services. Whether in our classrooms, community centers, at City Hall, or in Albany, Amy has guided her work by making spaces for others to speak, listen, and learn. Prior to her time at CPC, Amy lived in Beijing, China developing curriculum and classroom branding materials for an early education company. She is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Sina Uipi is the Policy Associate at Empower Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) and leads their national policy and advocacy efforts towards the organization’s mission to advance social justice and increase the political power of NHPI communities. She is thrilled to bring greater awareness to Pacific Islander needs at the national level. Prior to joining EPIC, Sina was a Senior Civil Rights Fellow at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, where she focused on policy priorities such as Education, Immigration, Census, and Technology/Workforce Development. 

Shomya Tripathy (she/her) is the Director of Policy and Civic Engagement at Asian Counseling and Referral Service. She has spent the last eight years working at the intersections of organizing, advocacy, and policy. At ACRS she works with the civic engagement team to coordinate culturally responsive and inclusive voter outreach, conduct local, state and federal policy advocacy, and build capacity with communities and organizations around the state. As a fairly new staff member at ACRS, Shomya has helped oversee and support census outreach, strategy, and engagement over the last few months alongside an amazing team of folks and partners.

Jessica Valdez is the Projects Specialist at Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS). Jessica received her MSW from the University of Washington and brings experience in project management, culturally centered program development and evaluation, and community-based multilingual outreach and information campaigns. She led the development and launch of the Washington Asian American Pacific Islander Complete Count Network, a coalition of 22 community-based partner organizations working to ensure a complete count of immigrant, refugee, AAPI, and other historically undercounted communities across Washington State. Jessica currently supports the coordination of ACRS’s census outreach and engagement work with partner organizations and with ACRS’s programs.

Please RSVP here. There will be Q&A at the end. Please send any questions beforehand to Raima Roy (rroy@advancingjustice-aajc.org), and we will also allow for follow-up questions at the end of the webinar.

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