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Language Access

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Welcome to the Language Access section.  This section provides resources and legal, demographic, and other materials to help improve and increase the access of people with limited English proficiency to the legal system, including to courts, administrative agencies, to other public systems, and to lawyers, other advocates, and legal services programs. It also contains information about how to use plain language tools to write more clearly in English.

LAC Mission: The Language Access Coalition promotes the right of all members of our community to access justice and public services regardless of their ability to read, write, speak or understand English. We are a group of Massachusetts advocates working to improve language access in the courts, government agencies and our own organizations.  We identify and work to remove systemic barriers facing limited English proficient individuals through collaboration and advocacy.


Latest Content

07/25/2013 - Ken Owens, UI Benefits Director
As part of the settlement in the Luciano language access litigation, DUA agreed to promulgate good cause sub-regulatory guidance.  The... Read more
06/17/2012 - IRS
  The IRS has a number of language glossaries that may be useful. Product Number   Title ... Read more
01/01/2015 - U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure... Read more
09/18/2017 - MLRI
Attached are documents relating to the settlement in August, 2017 of an Emergency Assistance language access complaint filed at MCAD (MIRA... Read more

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