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News Release

For Immediate Release
Nov. 2, 2017

                                           For More Information, Contact:
                                           Brett Schuster, Communications Manager
                                 , 202-775-9555

NAPABA Holds Congressional Briefing on the Current State of Language Access and its Impacts on the Asian Pacific American Communities in the United States


WASHINGTON — Ten years after the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) report on language access for limited English proficiency communities, NAPABA released its 2017 report, “Interpreting Justice: Progress and Challenges on Language Access” at its 2017 Convention in Washington, D.C.

On Nov. 2, 2017, NAPABA, in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus held a congressional briefing where the panelists, leading experts on the issue of language access, discussed the current status of language access in the United States and its impacts on the Asian Pacific American communities. The panelists examined the progress and the challenges the federal and state courts and agencies encountered.

“Interpreting Justice” examines the landscape of language access for individuals with limited English skills. It outlines the progress NAPABA has made in making the justice system more accessible to Asian Pacific Americans who have limited English proficiency while also addressing the challenges in language accessibility that remain unsolved.

Please visit our website to read the report.

For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or Questions about the report may be sent to Oriene Shin at

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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