Filipino Lives Count

New York City, NY

Rosario Alovera

Rosario Alovera, a former Filipino domestic worker, was on an expired tourist visa when she was diagnosed with leukemia. She survived because her hospital treated patients whether they are documented or not. 

Listen to why being visible matters. This story is made possible by Damayan Migrant Workers Association. 

#WhyWeCount is an initiative to empower Puerto Ricans and Filipinos to tell stories of #WhyWeCount and pledge to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census. Our numbers shape our future. Learn more at



Dear Filipinos and Puertorriqueños, our count matters. 

If we are not counted in this 2020 Census, we will miss out on housing for those affected by Hurricane Maria, healthcare for undocumented and documented immigrants, and quality education for the next generation. Participating in the Census can shape our communities for the next 10 years.


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