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Issue Briefs and Other Resources


Guidance on Language Access in State Courts.

On August 16, 2010, the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division sent a letter to each state's chief justice or state court administrator, providing guidance on language access in state courts.  The letter’s final paragraph provides contact information for individuals who have language access issues in state or local courts. (8/16/10, PDF)

Immigrant Groups Win Citywide Language Access Executive Order in New York City (New York Immigration Coalition, 7/23/08, PDF)

The effort that went into this accomplishment, as well as the executive order itself, are models for the nation.

Other Limited English Proficiency (LEP)-related Materials

(Compiled by Michael J. Mulé, Empire Justice Center; 7/22/08)

Language Barriers to Health Care in the United States

(Perspective/analysis by Glenn Flores, M.D., in The New England Journal of Medicine, 7/20/06)

Language Barriers Pose a Risk for California HMO Enrollees (5/06)

(A research brief published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)

Side-by-Side Comparison of the Limited English Proficient Provisions in Title I and Title II of the 2005 House and Senate Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization Bills (3/05, PDF)

Increasing Access to Services for Limited English Proficient Persons (8/7/03, PDF)

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (12/22/00)