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Civil Rights, Housing, and Voting Rights

The Civil Rights, Housing, and Voting Rights Task Force works to protect the civil rights, housing and voting rights of the Latino community.  The task force oversees issues such as the Voting Rights Act, hate crimes, and housing fairness.

Members:
Rep. José Serrano, Co-Chair
Rep. Norma Torres, Co-Chair
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

More on Civil Rights, Housing, and Voting Rights

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders of color are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic risks disproportionately undercounting historically underserved communities. In the letter to Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham, the Tri-Caucus Chairs and Native American Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Deb Haaland are requesting immediate action and answers to their questions about census operations impacted by COVID-19, but also critical to a complete count in 2020.   

May 4, 2020 Press Release

SAN ANTONIOCongressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), issued the following statement in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

Apr 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Members called on Dr. Steven Dillingham, Director of the United States Census Bureau, to update Congress regarding changes to 2020 Census operations in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Over the last year, the CHC has met with the Census Bureau on a quarterly basis and worked with the Bureau to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 Census. CHC Members requested that the Census Bureau continue briefing their offices on the Bureau’s evolving plans and most pressing needs in order to ensure a successful count in light of the current public health crisis.
Apr 1, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today is Census Day, the day used by the U.S. Census Bureau as a reference point for the 2020 Census to determine who is counted and where they are counted. Census Day is not a deadline, and households can continue to respond to the 2020 Census until August 14th. In order to ensure that 2020 Census operations do not contribute to the spread of COVID-19, the Census Bureau recently announced that it is taking necessary actions to delay in-person census outreach. The response rate to the 2020 Census is currently lower than it was at the same point in the enumeration period in 2010. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman Judy Chu, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Joaquin Castro, and CBC Census 2020 Task Force Chairman Steven Horsford released the following statements:
Mar 5, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM ET, exactly one week before the online Census form goes live, Members of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), will hold a press conference on the 2020 Census and the impact of the historical undercount of communities of color in the decennial census. The results of the 2020 Census will inform the allocation of over $1 trillion in federal funding, countless policy and business decisions, and the apportionment of Congressional seats.
Feb 25, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C.— Today, Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairwoman Judy Chu, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro announced the Census Bureau’s community partners for the 2020 Census.
Feb 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) issued the following statement marking the implementation of President Trump’s public charge rule:
Feb 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— The Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on Delta to continue meeting with communities impacted by their January 14, 2020 fuel dump over the Los Angeles area. The incident rained jet fuel over at least six elementary schools where children were playing outside. Hundreds of children, including many Latinos, reported skin irritation and felt sick or nauseated, and may face long-term health consequences because of the incident. In the weeks since, Delta has stopped participating in some of the town halls and community meetings being held for those impacted by the fuel dump. These meetings serve as a venue for residents to share their concerns, learn about available resources, and attain answers to some of their questions as to why fuel was dumped on their communities.
Jan 28, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) issued the following statement following a 5-4 Supreme Court decision allowing the Trump Administration to put into effect the public charge rule while litigation on the cases continue. The public charge rule would allow the government to deny permanent residency to immigrant families that may use public programs and benefits:
Dec 23, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON— The Congressional Tri-Caucus – which represents over half of the Democratic Caucus and includes the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) – called on Housing and Urban Development Secretary Carson, Attorney General Barr, and Assistant Attorney General Dreiband to address rampant discriminatory treatment of home buyers of color and violations of the Fair Housing Act, as revealed by a recent Newsday investigation in Long Island, New York.