Children’s Campaign joins more than 150 organizations in amicus brief as part of Census lawsuit

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: June 22, 2018

The Children’s Campaign was proud to join organizations across the country last week in signing on to an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of an unnecessary and intrusive citizenship question in the 2020 Census.

Eighteen states, including Colorado, along with several cities, counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, are suing the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census questionnaire. The amicus brief, an effort led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other national civil rights organizations, highlights the ways that the inclusion of this question will harm communities across the country, including reduced federal funding for programs that serve kids and families and skewed Congressional representation.

The brief also highlights evidence that the Census Bureau itself has historically stood in opposition to adding a question about citizenship, due to concerns that the question would depress response rates and exacerbate the climate of fear that already exists for immigrants in the U.S.

The Census is a foundational part of our democracy. It helps determine Colorado’s representation in Washington, directs more than $600 billion in federal funding to states each year and provides advocates and policymakers with critical information on our state’s kids and families. All families deserve to feel safe when participating in this important national effort. Stay tuned to KidsFlash for more information on this issue.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. She also co-chairs the organization’s internal Equity Team. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs.