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N-LAAN Fact Sheet: Language Access Problems in Immigration Courts

February 9, 2010

via Lindsay Jenkins, Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center:

I wanted to draw your attention to a series of fact sheets compiled by the National Language Access Advocates Network (N-LAAN) and the Brennan Center for Justice highlighting language access problems among various government agencies:

Prepared on behalf of the National Language Access Advocates Network (“N-LAAN”), these fact sheets illustrate the serious harms and deprivations of rights that result when individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) are unable to access essential government bodies. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, federal grantees are obligated to provide language access to LEP individuals, and Executive Order 13166 has charged the U.S. Department of Justice with the obligation to ensure that federal agencies are themselves language accessible. The fact sheets recommend action items to improve compliance with both requirements.

Included is a fact sheet focusing specifically on the immigration courts (also attached), which really captures the language access gaps facing all too many of our clients in removal proceedings and proposes concrete proposals for improvement.

If you’ve any questions, or want to offer any feedback, please contact Laura Abel ( and Gene Smilansky (

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