Expanding services to all victims: Language Access Planning and Implementation

Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 8:30AM - 10:00AM

Expanding services to all victims: Language Access Planning and Implementation

Language is a crucial component of any agency's effort seeking to improve the life, safety, and well-being of domestic violence and sexual assault victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This two-part workshop seeks to create awareness and provide basic information about the support that victims and communities who are considered Limited English proficient (LEP) or Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HoH) need in order to access the legal system and life-saving services, as well as participate in their individual and collective healing. We will explore the language access landscape in Colorado, highlight language access legal obligations for all recipients of federal funding, and offer variety of tools and resources to facilitate meaningful access and effective communication with victims from diverse linguistic communities, including setting up language access protocols and policies, working with interpreters and translators and creating multilingual spaces.