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2018 June

When Access to Language Means Access to Justice

How to Advocate Effectively on Behalf of Limited-English-Proficient Persons

By Tere Ramos

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires recipients of federal funding to ensure meaningful access to programs and benefits for limited-English-proficient people. But other federal laws—such as those governing education, health care, and housing—and state laws also require language access, which usually means interpretation and translation services. Attorneys can take concrete steps to improve their representation of limited-English-proficient clients.

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