COVID-19 Has Impacted Everything

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on March 23, 2020 in Blog

COVID-19 has impacted everyone, as we have all been inundated with tragedies, statistics, advisories, updates, and new government measures to fight the virus. Congress has moved at lightning speed to address the epidemic. In total, since Feb. 28, 40 pieces of legislation focusing on COVID-19 have been introduced. And while more relief is in negotiation, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act have already been passed, the latter of which is a 43-page law that was introduced in the House on March 11 and signed into law...

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2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count

Posted on March 13, 2020
There is no ethnic category for Arab Americans on the U.S. Census. This has led to a significant undercount of the community, creating barriers to many basic rights and services. While the Census Bureau estimates the number of Arab Americans in the United States is 1.9 million, the Arab American Institute estimates the total is actually closer to 3.7 million. Federal data on Arab Americans is obtained through ancestry data from the American Community Survey, a yearly survey that collects economic, social, demographic and housing information from a small sample of the general population. While helpful, this approach is incomplete.
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August Recess

Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy

Your Member of Congress is home-- it's time to go to work!

Technological Roadblocks to Responding to the Census

Posted by Guest on July 15, 2019 in Blog
When it comes to cybersecurity, the Census Bureau must take a strong stance to ensure that not only are all respondents comfortable and safe while responding online, they feel comfortable and safe as well.
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AAI Responds to Presidential Concessions Regarding 2020 Census

Posted on July 11, 2019 in Press Releases


CONTACT: Tess Waggoner

(202) 429-9210 

July 11, 2019

Following the conclusion of a press conference in which President Trump announced the issuance of a new executive order, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement, 

"President Trump's latest executive order is acknowledgement of his failed extralegal efforts to politicize the decennial census. With that, democracy won. He and his administration have failed and despite their best efforts, we will be counted. Arab Americans are a community that understands the threat posed by the misuse of data in violation of our rights, we will work to...

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Securing the Census Part One

Posted by Guest on July 11, 2019 in Blog
One threat that the Census Bureau faces is that if it publicly released data that was not sufficiently anonymized, attackers may identify individuals based on that data. These attacks may be largely broken into two categories: reconstruction and reidentification.
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Facebook and the Future of the Census Online

Posted by Guest on July 09, 2019 in Blog

Following the 2016 elections, Facebook has been the subject of scrutiny for its role in providing a platform to spread misinformation. In particular, Facebook has faced criticism for showing over 3,000 political ads purchased by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) to American citizens. From 2015 to 2017, IRA posts on Facebook were shared over 30 million times. Over the past year, a team of outside auditors drawn from civil rights organizations has been working with Facebook staff to evaluate Facebook’s policies on a number of civil rights issues, ranging from hate speech to voting rights, and...

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Phishing, Spoofing, and the 2020 Census

Posted by Guest on July 09, 2019 in Blog

Last time in our series on disinformation and interference in the 2020 census, we discussed disinformation and several varieties of inaccurate information that may appear (or reappear) in 2020. However, as we said in our second post in our series, the Census Bureau is anticipating multiple kinds of interference with the census, including phishing, which can be considered a form of disinformation.

Phishing is when an attacker pretends to be a known entity to trick targets into voluntarily giving up sensitive data....

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Trump v. Hawaii

Posted by Guest on June 24, 2019 in Blog
Though disguised as a tool for national security, his restrictions embody a shrouded fear of “otherness” and that which is deemed un-American. But it is neither this administration’s duty nor privilege to define what being American means.
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Arab American Institute v. Office of Mgmt. and Budget

Posted on June 15, 2018 in 2020 Census: Reaching An Accurate Count


On January 26, 2018, the Census Bureau announced that the 2020 Census would not include a new “Middle Eastern orNorthAfrican” category or use a combined question format. The decision is anegregious rejection of stakeholder interest that impedes the possibility of an accurate count.

The decision came after the Office of Management and Budget delayed a planned December release of recommendations regarding the standards for race and ethnicity data for federal agencies, which would affect the categories used in the decennial census. The failure to adopt an approach that we have worked on for more than three decades is irresponsible...

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