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Serving Limited English Proficient Immigrant Victims  

Author:  Veronica T. Thronson.; Leslye Orloff.; Carole Angel.; Soraya Fata Rocio Molina.; Benish Anver Kalli Wells.

Source: Volume 09, Number 02, Fall 2016 , pp.15-24(10)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals have more rights under U.S. law than most people realize. This section advises readers on the nature of those rights and the best way to access them. Those prosecuting Maria L, as discussed in the first section, did not realize that federal law mandates the provision of “meaningful language access” for LEP individuals who are served by federal, state, or local agencies. This means providing an interpreter who is competent in the language of the LEP person. Using a Spanish interpreter with an individual who, like Maria, spoke an entirely different language (in her case, an indigenous language called Quiche) clearly did not qualify as meaningful language access, and of course, did not serve her advocacy needs. The authors instruct readers in how to interpret and apply the prescription for meaningful access in ways that will optimize outcomes for LEP clients.

Keywords: Language Services for LEP Persons

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