Brooklyn Center Nonprofit Works to Boost Immigrant Voting
A Brooklyn Center nonprofit is striving to increase immigrant voting across the state.
CAPI USA serves about 7,000 people and works primarily with refugees and immigrants to meet their basic needs. The nonprofit also helps people learn how to exercise their right to vote. One way the organization does this is through their extensive phone banking efforts.
Kristina Doan, the director of public policy for CAPI said the goal is to call 17,000 households before the election to help people learn how to vote or request a ballot.
“There are many studies show that there is significant barriers to voting specifically for immigrants and refugees communities,” said Doan. “Barriers such as language access and transportation access. We know people want to participate, want to build power in their communities, participate in democracy but they might not have the resources, mechanisms or tools to do so. That’s where CAPI comes in to really engage people and let them know we’re a resource for them.”