CIANA Joins Citywide Effort to Ensure a Fair and Complete Count in the 2020 Census


Complete Count Fund's kickoff rally on January 14, with Mayor Bill De Blasio addressing the crowd. Photo: Carmen Guerra-Yonks.

The Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans (CIANA), is pleased to announce it has received a NYC Complete Count Fund award to support CIANA’s efforts to encourage its client families and the broader immigrant community in Western Queens to respond to the Census count. A partnership between CUNY, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the New York City Council, the NYC Complete Count Fund is a first-of-its-kind Census-related community organizing program supports and resources community-based organizations to help NYC reach a full and accurate count in the 2020 Census.

The Complete Count Fund was built with the understanding that local community-based organizations — which serve New Yorkers in the communities where they live and in the languages that they speak — are the most trusted messengers of important and sensitive information. CIANA is proud to join this coordinated citywide effort to build awareness about the Census, convey its importance, fight the spread of mis- and disinformation, and help bridge the digital divide that might prevent many New Yorkers from participating in the first online Census.

CIANA will focus on fostering community partnerships to bring census awareness to a broader reach of community members, and to engaging our current and past clients in self-responding to the Census in order to ensure an accurate Count. We will also incorporate aspects of the Census into our adult ESL and Civics classes to help grow civic duty.

Additionally, we will reach out widely into Queens by hosting informational workshops at schools, senior centers, and other community centers, and conduct street canvassing at community hubs with heavy foot traffic to inform the public about the Census and to promote its significance to all New Yorkers.

Founder and CEO Emira Habiby Browne hopes to build off CIANA's success during the 2010 Census to reach even more people this year.

"CIANA was deeply involved with outreach efforts during the 2010 Census, and we hope to reach out even more extensively to our community members this time to ensure that every New Yorker is counted," said Habiby Browne. "It's more important than ever that our immigrants are not undercounted and that their many contributions to their communities are acknowledged."