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NAPABA’s Language Access Project

NAPABA’s Language Access Project began in the spring of 2006 with the hire of our first AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. The goal of the project was to advocate for the rights of limited English proficient (LEP) Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) in the justice system. This led to the project’s success in developing a language access report that is now widely circulated among language access advocates. Now, led by our second VISTA volunteer Azizah Ahmad, the Language Access Project has grown to include a directory of legal aid offices providing free interpreter services for LEP clients and a community outreach effort to show how NAPABA members can become involved in this issue.


Language Access Report

In 2007, our Language Access Project produced “Increasing Access to Justice for Low-Income Asian Pacific Americans,” a language access report. Based on research compiled from articles, reports, surveys, and other gathering efforts, NAPABA offers this report with recommendations to diminish language barriers in judicial and administrative proceedings for LEP APAs.

Increasing Access to Limited English
Proficient Asian Pacific Americans

Report for Action

Click here to download the May 2007 report.


Legal Aid Directory

As an organization dedicated to promoting justice, equity, and opportunity for the APA community, NAPABA has a strong interest in ensuring that LEP APAs receive equal access to the justice system. That is why NAPABA is proud to introduce a national directory of legal aid offices that offer free interpreters in Asian and Pacific Islander languages to their clients. The purpose of this directory is to make finding legal help easier for low-income LEP APAs. Both advocates and individuals needing legal help can access this directory to find a legal aid office closest to them.

Click on the state where you would like legal help:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawai'i
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Get Involved

Since the establishment of the Language Access Project, NAPABA has been working with the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division on language access to the courts matters based on Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. We strongly encourage all NAPABA members to help ensure that the rights of LEP individuals are met in the courts and in other federally funded entities. You may file violations or complaints at the DOJ’s LEP website at www.lep.gov.

Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) Private Attorney Involvement Program (PAI) was developed to provide “quality legal assistance to eligible low income individuals and families” (LSC Program Letter 2007). The LSC’s PAI program links private attorneys to LSC funded legal aid offices. This program also offers different options on how attorneys can use their time whether through counseling, legal workshops, direct representation, etc. LSC funded legal aid offices are required to set aside a percentage of funds for private attorneys to provide legal services for legal aid clients. You can find more information about the PAI program and the LSC funded legal aid office closest to you at www.lsc.gov.


 

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