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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

Census Bureau Names Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC to National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations

The U.S. Census Bureau today announced 10 new members of its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations and has named Mee Moua from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC as a member of the committee.

The National Advisory Committee advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau's programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. The committee, which is comprised of 32 members from multiple disciplines, advises the Census Bureau on topics such as housing, children, youth, poverty, privacy, race, ethnicity and sexual-orientation issues.

"The committee has helped us meet emerging challenges the Census Bureau faces in producing high-quality statistics about our diverse nation," said Thomas Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau's acting director. "By helping us better understand a variety of issues that affect statistical measurement, this committee ensures that the Census Bureau continues to provide relevant and timely statistics used by federal, state and local governments as well as business and industry in an increasingly technologically oriented society."

The National Advisory Committee members, who serve at the discretion of the Census Bureau director, are chosen to serve based on their expertise and knowledge of the cultural patterns, issues and/or statistical needs of "hard-to-count" populations. The new members will be seated on Aug. 1.

Founded in 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian-Americans and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC is one of the nation's leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian-American community including affirmative action, anti-Asian violence prevention/race relations, census, immigrant rights, immigration, language access, television diversity and voting rights. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC served on the 2010 Census Advisory Committee. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC and its partners launched the Fill in Our Future campaign, which included a website that provided information in 25 languages, public service announcements, videos, brochures and educational materials to help with 2010 Census community outreach.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: July 15, 2014