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LANGUAGE ACCESS PROJECT
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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.


Language Access Report, 2017 - 10 Year Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) groundbreaking report on the state of Language Access for Asian Pacific Americans. Since then it has been widely used by advocates, courts, and bar associations, including in the preparation of the ABA Standards on Language Access.

In honor of the anniversary, NAPABA is working on an updated report to show how language access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals has changed and to provide recommendations for legal and government stakeholders.

 We encourage lawyers, judges, agency and court administrators, and those involved in the language justice community to share their experiences and information about their communities in our survey. Information shared in this survey may be used in the report to highlight trends or specific experiences attorneys in our community have encountered while serving LEP clients.


The Language Access survey is available here: http://bit.do/LAR2017

 
Please fill out the survey by August 29, 2017.


Language Access Report, 2007

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

 

Click here to download the May 2007 report.



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.