2020 Census: SEAAs Count
The Census Bureau plans to add an untested and unnecessary citizenship question to the 2020 Census and recently accepted public comments to inform decision-making. Our community spoke up to establish a strong, clear public record that we oppose the addition of a citizenship question, but we support the expansion of the race and ethnicity categories. More than 800 individuals and 50 organizations submitted their comments. Click here for more information.
All Students Count
SEARAC created the national All Students Count campaign with our local and national partners to push federal, state, and local agencies to collect and report data broken down by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander ethnic groups. Propelled by this advocacy campaign, Washington state, Minnesota, and Rhode Island recently passed data disaggregation laws and the U.S. Department of Education created the first-ever grant program to help interested states collect disaggregated data of Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Washington, Minnesota, and Rhode Island state education agencies are also current grantees of this federal program.
The Trump administration continues to attack immigrant and refugee communities. This recent attack, through a proposed expansion of public charge determination, has the potential to harm low-income immigrant communities, in particular. We’ve put together a toolkit containing info about what you need to know to protect your family and fight back!
Mental Health Story Collection – California
Contribute your story on the mental health needs of the Southeast Asian American community and help us advocate for the urgent need for culturally and linguistic competent mental health services. Our story collection campaign seeks to identify gaps in mental health services and develop community-defined policy solutions to improving mental health services for the SEAA community. Your story will also help convey to California state legislators why they should support our sponsored bill, Assembly Bill 512: Cultural Competence in Mental Health, and is a part of a bigger statewide #Care4MyCulture campaign to improve cultural competence in California’s mental health delivery system.
SEARAC in partnership with the Diverse Elders Coalition is conducting a study with Asian American, Black, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Latino, and LGBTQ communities to understand the unique needs, motivators, and challenges that our families face in elder caregiving. Survey participants are those who provide care in person or remote, in the same household or in different households. Helping someone who is far away could be done by telephone, mail, or email, and care can be anything from helping with household chores to emotional support. The deadline for survey completion is May 10. The current survey is translated in Vietnamese, Hmong, Lao, and Cambodian. Click here for more information.
Family Immigration Story Collection
In partnership with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, SEARAC is collecting family immigration stories to inform and guide our advocacy to protect family immigration policies.
Deportation Advocacy Data Collection
More than 100 Cambodian and Vietnamese community members were detained by ICE for deportation in the fall of 2017. If you or a loved one is impacted by detention or deportation, consider sharing your story with us to support our long-term advocacy efforts to reform unjust detention and deportation laws! Click here to access our deportation advocacy data collection form.
AANHPI Data Disaggregation
SEARAC is committed to push federal, state, and local agencies to collect and report data broken down by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander ethnic groups. Stay tuned for more information on our new campaign!
Protect the ACA
SEARAC’s Southeast Asian Americans Protect the ACA and Medicaid Expansion comment card campaign mobilized over 350 community members to protect access to affordable health care. The ACA and Medicaid expansion reduced uninsured rates in the community by half between 2011 and 2015. Attacks on the ACA and Medicaid are attacks on affordable and accessible health care for the SEAA community. SEARAC will continue to collect and use community members’ powerful comments and stories to push champions to protect the ACA & Medicaid Expansion during repeal attempts.