The Language Access Act of 2004 guarantees all DC residents the right to interpretation services at DC government agencies, translation of certain vital documents, as well as the right to file a complaint if these rights are violated.
How We Monitor Government Compliance with the Language Access Act
The Coalition surveys and interviews Limited/Non-English Proficient community members to create a comprehensive portrait of language access in the District of Columbia. Which agencies are adhering to the Language Access Act? Which agencies are failing to provide interpretation and translation services? To summarize these findings, the Coalition will release The State of Language Access in DC Report in April 2012. Read a preview of the report's findings here.
Additionally, the Coalition reviews the Biannual Language Access Plans (BLAPs) of the 35 government agencies the Act covers. The Coalition also makes recommendations for improving agency adherence to the Language Access Act.
Coalition advocates and community members also testify about language access rights to address government officials directly. Read testimonies from 2010.