Welcome to DuPage Federation’s web page for all your census solution needs. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions as well as the latest resources to help you and your community make sure everyone is counted. If you have any questions, concerns, or resources you’d like to see featured here, then please contact us at censussolutions@dupagefederation.org

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Ifrah Ahmed: Founder & Programme Director

Ifrah Ahmed is an Irish/Somali activist, campaigner and CSO director working in the field of FGM/C abandonment. She set up her first CSO, United Youth of Ireland in 2008, in response to youth immigrant integration issues in her country of adoption. From personal experience, she leant her voice to the FGM/C campaign in Ireland and further afield in Europe and turned her focus to the specific gender issue of FGM/C by founding the CSO that carries her name in 2010. Ifrah Foundation was founded in 2010 and is now a charitable foundation registered in Ireland and Somalia since 2017. Ifrah Foundation has partnered on a wide variety of projects delivering impactful results with international NGOs and has formed strategic partnerships with governmental agencies on policy and legislation, international media experts and community empowerment and education programs at grass roots level. Ifrah's focus over the past four years has been to deliver programs in Somalia intended to provide the evidence-based results that inform Ifrah Foundation’s scoping of its proposed National Action Plan for the Abandonment of FGM/C in Somalia in line with the UN SDG of FGM/C eradication by 2030.

Leonie Kerins: Executive Director

Leonie has worked in the field of human rights and social justice for over 20 years. Having spent almost 12 years working for Doras, a human rights based NGO supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants secure access to their rights, she joined the Foundation in November 2018. Prior to that, Leonie obtained a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences (B. Soc. Sc.) from the University College Cork, followed by a Master of Science in Population and Development Studies (MSc Pop. Dev.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science where her research dissertation looked at Ireland’s Integration Policies (completed in 2007). Having emigrated to France in 1992, Leonie spend over 10 years working for the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris. Many of these years were on the Africa Desk working as part of a team guiding African governments through the World Heritage application process. During her time at UNESCO, Leonie was routinely seconded to the Secretariat of the Executive Board, UNESCO’s decision-making body. A fluent French speaker, Leonie gained experience in providing support service for English speakers in Paris and volunteered for several years with an organisation there.

Dr Louise Dawson: Policy and Programme Consultant

Dr Louise Dawson has worked in the area of social justice for over 25 years with a specific interest in advocacy and health. Louise has worked extensively as a Researcher, Case Manager, Professional Advocate, Mediator, Guardian Ad Litem and Independent Expert Witness. Her professional experiences extend across a range of community based projects internationally including Uk, Ireland, Holland and Sweden.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anxieties in Your Community

A lot of people in our community are anxious about completing the 2020 Census. We’ve developed a guide to address barriers with motivating messages.  You can access the guide here.

Connect to Your Complete Count Community

Complete Count Committees bring people from the community together to brainstorm solutions to local barriers that might keep people from completing the 2020 Census. Connecting with your local Complete Count Committee is a great way to help make sure your community is ready to be counted. You can find out more about these committees as well as how to contact your local committee here.html

How to Spot Census Trolls

The Census has not been cancelled as some might have heard, likely brought on by circumstances resulting from the Coronavirus.  The Coronavirus caused a temporary suspension of in-person operations, but modifications have been made, including the push-back of the timeline.  The Census Bureau is currently waiting approval that would allow for the completion of the Census count by April 2021. 


Not all incorrect information about the Census is a result of a misunderstanding like the Coronavirus.  Some erroneous information is intentional. To learn more about misinformation and disinformation about the Census and how to be on the lookout, download How to Spot Census Trolls here.

The Federation's mission is to generate cross-sector solutions that leverage expertise to address the human service needs of the DuPage region.

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