Limited English Proficiency Resource Document: Tips and Tools from the Field

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

"In June of 2002, DOJ issued guidance relating to language assistance pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d, et seq. (Title VI) and its accompanying regulations. The guidance focused on recipients of DOJ financial assistance (primarily law enforcement agencies, departments of corrections, courts, domestic violence service providers, and entities having a law enforcement or juvenile justice mission). That guidance has served as a launching point for DOJ's Coordination and Review Section's (COR) training efforts and discussions with federal, state, and other partners on the subject of language assistance. Often these interactions and trainings have become opportunities for sharing tips and tools from the field based on the experiences of recipients and communities working with LEP populations. Sharing anecdotes of community solutions that have been positively received, as well as sharing information about some of the drawbacks of certain approaches, offers entities opportunities to make great strides in developing their own solutions to language access concerns.

DOJ believes that this exchange of experiences more broadly is a useful tool for enhancing access for LEP persons. This document furthers that sharing."

The tool contains five chapters with tips, tools and resources regarding different agencies that receive federal funding. You can access each chapter through the links below, or to access the entire document click the "Go to Website" link at the bottom.

Chapter 1: General Tips and Tools Common to Courts, Police, 911 Call Centers, and Domestic Violence Specialists and Service Providers

Chapter 2: Tips and Tools Specific to 911 Call Centers

Chapter 3: Tips and Tools Specific to Law Enforcement Agencies

Chapter 4: Tips and Tools Specific to Domestic Violence Service Providers and Specialists

Chapter 5: Tips and Tools Specific to Courts

Chapter 6: Tips and Tools Specific to DOJ Federally Conducted Programs and Activities