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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


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

The Long Island Language Advocates Coalition (LILAC) Invites you to Our Second Annual Conference!

November 15, 2013 - Speakers will highlight best practices, the legal obligations of government agencies and community service providers, the impact of not receiving services and strategies to effect change. Read More

Empire Justice Advocacy as part of the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition Expands Access to Section 8 Housing

Empire Justice advocated with LILAC to get a housing authority to translate application materials into Spanish, and make the program more accessible to LEP applicants. Read More

A Health Care Language Access Success Story

A story with attached, illustrative correspondence, describing how Empire Justice Center staff formed a coalition of advocates to move a local hospital to provide comprehensive language services to its growing LEP community. Read More

Hospital Care in New York

Hospitals in New York State are required to provide language assistance to consumers with limited English proficiency (LEP). LEP individuals are unable to communicate effectively in English because their primary language is not English and they have not developed fluency in the English language. This article provides an overview and analysis of the applicable federal and state law and complaint processes challenging violations of the right to meaningful language access available to LEP persons receiving services in New York hospitals. Read More

SSA Responds to Language Access Issues in NYC

Over the past few years, Manhattan Legal Services had heard consistent reports from clients regarding a lack of access to Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits and services for Limited English Proficient (“LEP”) clients. Read More

Medicaid Reimbursement for Language Access Services

On July 1, 2010, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance letter explaining the increased matching funds for translation and interpretation services under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as provided in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). Read More

Empire Justice Center 2009-11 Legislative Agenda Scorecard

Empire Justice Center's Legislative Agenda Scorecard for 2009 - 2011 Read More