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It's the Law

“Meaningful Access”
“Appropriate Interpreters”

It’s the Constitutional Right
of Limited English-Speakers

Title VI of the Federal Civil Rights Act requires that all public agencies, and non profits receiving any federal monies, must provide language interpretation to limited English-speaking persons adequate to give “meaningful access” to critical services and to important programs and activities.

In outlining practices that are not appropriate, The federal guidelines specifically highlight the unacceptable use of family, friends, or neighbors, to translate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Clearly, our police agencies are systematically violating the constitutional rights of non English-speakers in our community. As such, they are causing immense harm to individual victims and to the community as a whole.
(see From Barrier to Barring the Door)

Complete Title VI language rights guidelines at: www.usdoj.gov/crt/cor/lep/DOJFinLEPFRJun182002.htm

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