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Translation of Orders of Protection: Courts help Keep New Yorkers Safe
When domestic violence impacts families of all backgrounds, civil and criminal orders of protection can be one of our most valuable and effective tools to help hold offenders accountable and keep victims and children safe. For limited English proficient language speakers, however, having this critical document issued in a language they cannot speak or read well undermines its very purpose. Read More

Language Access Denied: LILAC Releases Report Detailing Failed Implementation of Nassau County Executive Orders
It’s been two years since Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano signed Executive Orders 67 & 72, promising interpretation and translation at Nassau County Agencies, yet little progress has been made. Read More

Information for Immigrant Victims with Limited English Proficiency
Empire Justice Center has produced a pamphlet outlining the language access rights of limited English proficient victims in Family Court and with other domestic violence service providers Read More

Language Access: Articles


Inmigrantes no reciben atención adecuada en Nassau
En algunas agencias se ríen de quienes no hablan inglés Read More

Protesters say county fails on promise to provide interpreters
Nassau County agencies and its police department are failing to provide interpreters to immigrant constituents two years after adopting language-access policies guaranteeing better access, advocates and residents said at a protest Tuesday in Garden City. Read More


Comments on NYSED Proposed Amendments Relating to Student Enrollment
Empire Justice Center strongly supports the New York State Education Department’s effort to protect the rights of new immigrant children to attend school, and believes that this amendment will aid that objective. Read More

Empire Justice Testimony Regarding New York’s State’s Draft Child Care Development Fund Plan for FFY 2014-2015
Our testimony on New York's draft CCDF PLan for 2014 - 2015, including comments on access to quality child care, the effects of lead poisoning on minority communities, immigrant access to quality child care and access to language services at local district offices. Read More


Seeking Protection from Domestic Violence in New York's Family Court
Information for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence with Limited English Proficiency. Read More


Tool Kit for Community Health Centers- Helping Patients Access Medicaid
This tool kit provides fact sheets and forms on ten different topics related to helping patients access Medicaid coverage or other help with paying for health care services. Read More



Legal Services Journal - Fall 2011
The Fall 2011 Legal Services Journal reports on a wide range of poverty law topics. This issue provides analysis addressing the connection between domestic violence and a victim's increased need, not only for physical protection, but also for privacy safeguards. Also featured in this issue are articles on immigration, language access in hospital care, Medicaid, Food Stamps, foreclosure prevention services program and look at wage theft and the impact on communities and forging a path to wage justice. Thanks to all of our authors for their contributions to this issues of the Legal Services Journal. Read More

Legal Services Journal - Summer 2010 Issue
The Summer 2010 issue of the Legal Services Journal reports on a wide range of poverty law topics. Additionally, this issue has a special focus on Health Law. Thanks to all our authors. Read More

Language Access: Newsletters


Introduction to Language Access Rights
Language Access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) is a half day training for advocates and attorneys that work with LEP communities. Participants will be given an overview of the state and federal protections for LEP individuals. Read More


The Language Access Resource Center
The Language Access Resource Center (LARC) provides information and resources about the rights of Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. It describe the federal and New York State laws prohibiting discrimination against LEP individuals and the obligations of recipients of federal funding to ensure meaningful access. Each LEP topic includes studies, reports, and documents describing state and federal agency obligations to provide language assistance services to LEP individuals. Read More