Immigrant survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP) face unique challenges when they seek services from domestic violence agencies and/or navigate the complex legal system. Language access services are critical to ensure that survivors have a fair chance to access safety and justice. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires that recipients of federal funding take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to services for individuals with limited English proficiency. This section provides tools and resources for building language access as a core service for survivors with LEP.
The Interpretation Technical Assistance & Resource Center (ITARC) offers training and technical assistance to advocates, interpreters, and social and legal services providers on: federal and state laws and policies on language access in civil and criminal courts, meeting the needs of culturally diverse victims/survivors with limited English proficiency, improving language access policies and practices in organizations and systems, roles and responsibilities of advocates and systems personnel at various points of contact, model programs and practices for interpretation services, training and qualifying standards for court interpretation, and finding and working with interpreters.
LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs. The site acts as a clearinghouse, providing and linking to information, tools, and technical assistance regarding limited English proficiency and language services for federal agencies, recipients of federal funds, users of federal programs and federally assisted programs, and other stakeholders.