E.g., 08/30/2014
E.g., 08/30/2014

Non-governmental Language Access Resource Guide

Non-governmental Language Access Resource Guide

LANGUAGE ACCESS COALITIONS

  • In addition to providing coalition-building resources for language access capacity building, the DC Language Access Coalition also lists additional community resources that can assist LEP individuals with translation services and information on issues relating to health, education, legal, and housing services.
  • The Louisiana Language Access Coalition lists basic know-your-rights information to assist LEP individuals, provides Louisiana-specific demographic data, and outlines language access laws and regulations.
  • The Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) offers information on language access training programs, tips on working and hiring an interpreter, and sample language access agency policies.

NON-GOVERNMENTAL RESOURCES

  • A number of translation and Interpretation associations and organizations exist. The federal government’s LEP.GOV web site contains a fairly comprehensive list.
  • The Empire Justice Center’s Language Access Resource Center (LARC) offers information on the rights of LEP individuals and the obligations of federal funding recipients to provide language access.
  • Mass Legal Services’ Language Access Library includes language access training resources, glossaries, and Limited English Proficient data and statistics, as well as information on LEP legal services and programs.
  • The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) maintains a small collection of court-related language access research, translation guidelines, and legal decisions.
  • The National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University serves as a beginner’s go-to guide by providing answers to frequently asked questions regarding the implementation of language access policies.
  • The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) provides language access training materials and regularly incorporates issues relating to this topic into its annual conferences. NLADA’s language access resources are most easily accessed by searching for the term “language access” into the homepage search bar.
  • The National Language Access Advocates Network, or NLAAN, is a national organization that supports and engages in effective advocacy to eradicate language discrimination and promote language rights. N-LAAN provides a forum for language access advocates to develop expertise, share resources and devise strategy. It serves as a voice for its members in advocating for better policies and laws and for more effective enforcement of language rights. Click here to see a list of state and local language access coalitions across the United States.
  • The National Language Service Corps consists of volunteer language specialists who serve as emergency interpreters both during times of national crisis and in non-crisis situations in which an immediate short-term interpreter is needed.