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.
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.