Limited and non-English speaking Californians see victory as LA Superior Court agrees to increase access to free language services.
The Associated Press (AP)
The Fresno Bee
September 20, 2016
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), Department of Justice (DOJ)
Limited and non-English speaking Californians see a step in the right direction in the fight to eradicate language barriers in court. The Los Angeles Superior Court will now take steps to ensure increased access to free language services, such as a translator, for low-income Limited English Proficiency (LEP) individuals. This agreement comes after years of work from many language access advocates and a complaint filed by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), which alleged that the court was violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin.