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2020

Census COVID-19 Data Hub V 1.3 includes LEP Information - June 22, 2020

GSA: Webinar Replay: 2020 Census Language Support in 59 Non-English Languages - June 18, 2020

ABA: Language Justice During COVID-19 -  Article | Webinar - June 2020

CFPB: COVID-19, Protecting Your Finances - Español | 中文 | Tiếng Việt | 한국어 | Tagalog

HHS: Ensuring the Rights of Persons with Limited English Proficiency in Health Care During COVID-19 - 5/12/20 - Español

DOJ: Statement by Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric S. Dreiband: Protecting Civil Rights While Responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Español

NCSC: Translated COVID-19 Resources for State Courts (Many Languages) - 4/3/20

FTC Coronavirus Scams - Español | 한국어 | Tagalog | 简体字 | 簡體字 | Tiếng Việt

CDC COVID-19, Stop the Spread of Rumors: Español | 한국어 |繁體中文 | Tiếng Việt

HHS: Civil Rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 Information - Español | 简体中文Tiếng Việt한국어 | Other Languages 

2020 U.S. Census Materials Available in 59 Non-English Languages

2019

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - December 19, 2019 [Press Release] [Voluntary Resolution Agreement]

Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States of America and the Louisiana Supreme Court- May 13, 2019

  • Press Release
    •  Justice Department and Louisiana Supreme Court Reach Agreement to Provide Language Assistance for Individuals Not Proficient in English (English)
    • El Departamento de Justicia y la Corte Suprema de Luisiana Llegan a un Acuerdo Para el Ofrecimiento de Apoyo Lingüístico a Individuos que no Dominan el Inglés (Spanish Español
    • SỞ TƯ PHÁP VÀ TÒA ÁN TỐI CAO BANG LOUISIANA THỐNG NHẤT THỎA THUẬN CUNG CẤP DỊCH VỤ HỖ TRỢ NGÔN NGỮ CHO CÁC CÁ NHÂN KHÔNG NÓI TIẾNG ANH THÀNH THẠO (Vietnamese Tiếng Việt)
    • LE MINISTÈRE DE LA JUSTICE ET LE TRIBUNAL SUPRÊME DE LOUISIANE ONT PASSÉ UN ACCORD EN VUE DE FOURNIR UNE ASSISTANCE LINGUISTIQUE POUR LES SUJETS N’AYANT PAS UNE MAÎTRISE SUFFISANTE DE L’ANGLAIS (French Français)
    • اتفاق وزارة العدل والمحكمة العليا في لويزيانا لتقديم المساعدة اللغوية للأفراد الذين لا يتقنون اللغة الإنجليزية(Arabic العربية

Houston Interpreters and Translators Association Publishes Q & A on Title VI and Language Access from DOJ- March 15, 2019

State of Maine Judicial Branch, Language Access Plan (PDF)- Effective January 1, 2019

2018

U.S. Census Bureau - 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year estimates, including language data, is on American Factfinder (December 6, 2018)

Justice Department and Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court Partner to Ensure Equal Access for Limited English Proficient Court Users in Court Operated Class

Social Security Administration Language Access Plan, Fiscal Year 2018–19

Video: How to Better Serve Your LEP Audience by Meeting the Federal Requirements, Department of Justice- January 18, 2018

2017

Video: Know Your LEP Population with the Language Map App, Department of Justice- July 24, 2017

Department of Health and Human Services OCR Addresses National Origin Discrimination in Alabama Child Welfare Programs- October 25, 2017

Justice Department and Washington State Courts Partner to Ensure Access to State Court Services for Limited English Proficient Individuals- July 18, 2017

Memorandum of Understanding between the United States of America and the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania- April 24, 2017

2016

Erie County of New York State Enters Agreement with HHS OCR to Ensure Availability of Language Assistance Services for Individuals with LEP (Agreement) (Press Release)

Federal District Court denies Defendant Philadelphia School District's Motion to Dismiss in IDEA, EEOA, and Title VI Language Access Lawsuit Where DOJ Filed a Statement of Interest - November 30, 2016 (Statement of Interest PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Applying the Tagline Requirement to Covered Entities that Operate Health Programs or Activities in More than One State – (HTML)

Resource for Entities Covered by Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act Estimates of at Least the Top 15 Languages Spoken by Individuals with Limited English Proficiency for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories- (PDF)

Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Title VI & EEOA Case Alleging National Origin Discrimination by Collier County, Florida School District- September 26, 2016

Letter and Agreement of Resolution: Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles- September 20, 2016

Guidance to State and Local Governments and Other Federally Assisted Recipients Engaged in Emergency Preparedness, Response, Mitigation, and Recovery Activities on Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - August 17, 2016

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Richmond, Virginia Conciliation and Voluntary Compliance Agreement - July 21, 2016

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Kentucky Courts to Ensure Equal Access for Non-English Speakers

Justice Department Closes Case Following Colorado Judiciary Reforms Removing Language Barriers

District Court Upholds Suspension of Bankruptcy Trustee for Failing to Comply with Agency's Language Access Plan

Justice Department Closes Case After Rhode Island Judiciary Reforms Provide Equal Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency

Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Limited English Proficient (LEP) Data and Mapping Tools, April 2016 (HTML) (PDF)

How to Access and Use Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Poverty Data, Department of Justice Webinar, March 10, 2016 (captions)

U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education Jointly File Statement of Interest in Language Access and Disability Lawsuit Against the Philadelphia School District - January 25, 2016 (PDF)

Commonly Asked Questions Regarding Limited English Proficient (LEP) Data and Mapping Tools, April 2016 (HTML) (PDF) How to Access and Use Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Poverty Data, Department of Justice Webinar, March 10, 2016 (captions)

How to Access and Use Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Poverty Data, Department of Justice Webinar, March 10, 2016 (captions)

U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education Jointly File Statement of Interest in Language Access and Disability Lawsuit Against the Philadelphia School District - January 25, 2016 (PDF)

2015

Department of Justice Issues EO 13166 Accomplishments Report "Advancing Meaningful Access for Limited English Proficient Persons" - December 18, 2015 (PDF)

DOJ Justice Blog: Recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month - October 14, 2015 (English)

  • To mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division created two national maps that highlight an important and often overlooked aspect of Hispanic communities: individuals who identify as Spanish-speaking and limited English proficient (LEP).
  • Reconocimiento del mes de la herencia hispana nacional (14 de octubre)

New York Attorney General Announces Two Agreements to Improve Hospital Services for Those with Limited English Proficiency - October 7, 2015 (Press Release) (Agreement 1) (Agreement 2)

U.S. Departments of Justice and Labor Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Reach Agreement to Improve Access for Limited English Proficient Workers - October 1, 2015

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Civil Rights Division has released two national maps displaying the number and concentration of limited English proficient people who speak Asian languages. 

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Agreement With Yonkers Police Department To Establish Formal Language Access Policy (August 6, 2015) (Press Release) (Agreement)

Department of Justice and Mohave County, Arizona Superior Court Work to Ensure Language Access for Non-English Speakers

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Reach Voluntary Agreement with Independence, Missouri Housing Authority to Increase Access to Housing for Limited English Proficient Persons- April 14, 2015

Department of Justice and Hawai'i State Court System Work Collaboratively to Ensure Equal Access for All Limited English Proficient Individuals in Hawai'i Courts- March 24, 2015

United States Department of Transportation Releases Limited English Proficiency Policy Statement (PDF)- June 2013

Department of Education and Department of Justice Issue Joint Guidance on the Obligations of State Educational Agencies and School Districts to Serve English Language Learners, Pursuant to Title VI and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act - January 7, 2015 (en Español)

2014

Final LEP Guidance for USDA Recipients (PDF) (HTML)- November 28, 2014

York Attorney General Announces Adoption Of Comprehensive Written Language Access Policy By Finger Lakes Region Sheriff's Department- November 25, 2014

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposed Language Access Plan Open for Public Comment Until January 6, 2015 - October 8, 2014

New York Attorney General Secures Agreement with Newburgh Police Department to Strengthen Language Access Services - September 30, 2014

Department of Justice and New Jersey Department of Corrections Enter Into Agreement to Improve Language Assistance Services for Limited English Proficient Inmates - October 15, 2014

U.S. Department of Homeland Security releases draft Language Access Plans for Components and Offices for public comment - September 4, 2014

  • Comments are due by Friday, October 31 (Deadline extended to November 14)
  • The draft plans are available at www.dhs.gov/language-access
  • Written comments may be sent by email to crcloutreach@hq.dhs.gov
  • Read the DHS message in English and other languages:

United States Department of Justice Releases Language Access Planning and Technical Assistance Tool for Courts at Public Event on February 28, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights reached an agreement with Mee Memorial Hospital to expand and improve accessibility for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP), including persons who speak indigenous languages.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and New Jersey Announce Agreement to Expand Hurricane Sandy Recovery Programs

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nebraska Reach Agreement on Language Access to Housing Programs

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Hazleton, Pa., Area School District Civil Rights Investigation

Department of Justice and Rhode Island Judiciary Enter into Agreement for Provision of Language Assistance Services in Rhode Island Courts

Department of Justice and New Jersey Judiciary Work Collaboratively to Ensure the Provision of Language Assistance Services in New Jersey Courts –

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Agreement With Ontario County Sheriff's Office To Expand Language Access Services - April 2, 2014

United States Department of Justice Files Title VI Statement of Interest in Case Alleging National Origin Discrimination by Hawaii Department of Transportation - March 28, 2014

San Francisco Police Department Officer LEP Training Video (YouTube)- February 28, 2014

Opportunities for PMF Rotations and Non-reimbursable Federal Details to the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Civil Rights Division (PDF)- February 4, 2014

North Carolina Court System Develops Language Access Complaint Poster - January 24, 2014*

*Attribution. Attribution to the NCAOC must be clear and visible on any and all of your materials and products in whatever format they exist.  Attribution should be substantially similar to the following: “The North Carolina court forms included in this publication are created by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which office has given permission for the use of these forms in this publication.

United State Department of Agriculture issues Limited English Proficiency Plan for Federally Conducted Programs- January 23, 2014

The King County Superior Court Agrees to Work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington State and the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section to Improve Access to Court Interpreters – January 21, 2014

2013

United States Agrees to Comprehensive Settlement with Suffolk County Police Department to Resolve Investigation of Discriminatory Policing Against Latinos, with "meaningful access to police services for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP)"- December 3, 2013

Department of Justice Files Title VI Statement of Interest in Case Alleging National Origin Discrimination by NYPD - November 22, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Limited English Proficiency Fact Sheet- September 2013

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Secures Agreement Ensuring Full Access to Law Enforcement Services in Middletown - September 20, 2013 (Spanish)

Acting Assistant Attorney General letter to Michigan Supreme Court addressing Rule 1.111, Foreign Language Interpreters – September 17, 2013

2007-2011 American Community Survey (ACS) Language Data Map

Alaska Department of Law Language Access Plan- August 2013

Four Year Title VI Report:  The Civil Rights Division’s Efforts to Protect Against Race, Color, and National Origin Discrimination by Recipients of Federal Funds- July 2013

Presentation: Language Access: Unemployment Insurance Programs and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Individuals (PDF), U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Center, June 2013

TeamSTEPPS® Enhancing Safety for Patients With Limited English Proficiency Module, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2013

Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2013 (Toolkit Language Access Topics on the Resources Page)

OCR launches national compliance review initiative, "Advancing Effective Communication in Critical Access Hospitals," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)- April 30, 2013 (Press Release in PDF ) (HHS/OCR Report in PDF)

Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards), Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- April 2013 (PDF Version) (Additional Information)

Limited English Proficient Individuals in the United States: Linguistic Diversity at the County and State Level, Migration Policy Institute- February 27, 2013 (Excel)

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. The agreement includes "translation and interpretation services throughout the registration" and "disciplinary process" for ELL students and parents who are LEP- February 26, 2013 (Agreement) (Press Release)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013 Language Access Plan- February 26, 2013 (PDF), Related HHS Page

The Language of Justice, Deeana Jang, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Blog, February 19, 2013

Santa Clara, California Probation Department Laguage Access Plan- January 17, 2013.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreement with a property management company in Virginia Beach, VA, which will pay $82,500 to settle allegations that it refused to allow a Hispanic woman to apply for an apartment because she did not speak fluent English. HUD Press Release- January 16, 2013. Agreements (PDF)

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Agreements With Dutchess And Putnam County Boards Of Elections To Provide Language Access For Voters - January 15, 2013 (Spanish)

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Landmark Agreement With Nassau County Police Department To Strengthen Language Access Services - January 11, 2013 (Spanish)

2012

U.S. Department of Justice Releases a Draft Language Access Planning Tool for Courts – December 19, 2012, Justice Blog Post 

U.S. Department of Justice Memorandum of Agreement with the Juvenile Courts of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee requires the development of a language access plan that complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See page 17 (PDF) – December 17, 2012

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona denies Maricopa County and Sheriff Arpaio's Motions to Dismiss, ruling that "longstanding case law, federal regulations and agency interpretation of those regulations hold language-based discrimination constitutes a form of national origin discrimination under Title VI." See pages 6-8 (PDF) – December 12, 2012

Santa Clara County District Attorney's Language Access Plan- December 3, 2012. (PDF)

U.S. Department of Justice proposed consent decree with Orleans Parish Prison requires language assistance services for Spanish-speaking LEP inmates. See pages 34-37 (PDF) – December 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the East Haven, Conn., Police Department addresses language assistance services. See pages 14-16 (PDF) – November, 20, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights in Regions V, VI and IX, resolve three complaints that alleged hospitals and health care providers violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to provide language assistance services – October 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Region I and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) sign a voluntary resolution agreement to expand language assistance services for limited English proficient (LEP) persons (PDF) – October 2012

U.S. Education Department Announces Resolution of Dearborn, Mich., Public Schools Civil Rights Investigation – May 31, 2012

Department of Justice Files Lawsuit in Arizona Against Maricopa County and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in U.S. District Court fo rthe District of Arizona – May 10, 2012

Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez at the Maricopa County Press Conference

Federal Complaint Filed by DOJ (PDF)

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Agencies Now Provide Free Language Access Services (Chinese, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian) – October 10, 2012

Working with State Courts to Remove Language Barriers to Justice, June 15, 2012

Rhode Island Supreme Court, Executive Order No. 2012-5 (PDF) June 13, 2012

The Justice Blog, A Commitment to Language Access - May 8, 2012

Proposed USDA LEP Guidance (PDF)- March 8, 2012 (Comments due by May 7, 2012)

Department of Justice Language Access Plan (PDF)- April 5, 2012

Availability of Language Assistance Services at DOJ (Arabic, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Filipino, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)

DOJ/ Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Report: Promising Practices for Language Access in Federal Administrative Hearings and Proceedings (PDF)- February 15, 2012

Related Resource- ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts (PDF), American Bar Association, February 2012

EPA Title VI / LEP Settlement with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (EPA Title VI Website)- January 18, 2012

2011

Considerations for Providing Language Access in a Prosecutorial Agency (PDF)- September 21, 2011

Federal Funding Programs for State and Local Court Activities to Address Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals (PDF)- August 18, 2011

Common Language Access Questions, Technical Assistance, and Guidance for Federally Conducted and Federally Assisted Programs (PDF)- August 15, 2011

Memorandum of Agreement between USA and the State of Colorado Judicial Department (PDF)- June 28, 2011.

Language Access Assessment and Planning Tool for Federally Conducted and Federally Assisted Programs (PDF)- May 9, 2011

The Justice Blog, Renewing a Commitment to Language Access - February 2011

The Department of Homeland Security Publishes LEP Guidance (PDF) - April 18, 2011

Information about the DHS LEP Guidance is available in the following non-English languages:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Protection of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals under Title VI and Title VI Regulations - March 16, 2011

The Justice Blog, Renewing a Commitment to Language Access - February 2011

Memo to Federal Agencies from Attorney General Eric Holder Reaffirming the Mandates of Executive Order 13166 - February 17, 2011 (EO 13166 Resource Page)

2010

Enforcement of Nondiscrimination Laws in Programs and Activities that Receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding Memorandum from Attorney General Eric Holder– September 27, 2010

Communication with State Courts Regarding Language Access

Language Access Obligations under Executive Order 13166 Memorandum to Heads and Department Components from Attorney General Eric Holder - June 28, 2010

Language Access: Selected Agencies Can Improve Services to Limited English Proficient Persons, GAO-10-91, United States Government Accountability Office- April 26, 2010

2009

Memorandum from Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Loretta King re: Strengthening of Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - July 10, 2009

Prepared Remarks of Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King to the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency- U.S. Department of Justice, April 20, 2009