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Last Updated: November 19, 2015
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In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Civil Rights Division has released two national maps displaying the number and concentration of limited English proficient people who speak Asian languages. 

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Reach Voluntary Agreement with Independence, Missouri Housing Authority to Increase Access to Housing for Limited English Proficient Persons- April 14, 2015

Department of Justice and Hawai'i State Court System Work Collaboratively to Ensure Equal Access for All Limited English Proficient Individuals in Hawai'i Courts- March 24, 2015

United States Department of Transportation Releases Limited English Proficiency Policy Statement (PDF)- June 2013

Department of Education and Department of Justice Issue Joint Guidance on the Obligations of State Educational Agencies and School Districts to Serve English Language Learners, Pursuant to Title VI and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act - January 7, 2015 (en Español)


Final LEP Guidance for USDA Recipients (PDF) (HTML)- November 28, 2014

York Attorney General Announces Adoption Of Comprehensive Written Language Access Policy By Finger Lakes Region Sheriff's Department- November 25, 2014

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Proposed Language Access Plan Open for Public Comment Until January 6, 2015 - October 8, 2014

New York Attorney General Secures Agreement with Newburgh Police Department to Strengthen Language Access Services - September 30, 2014

Department of Justice and New Jersey Department of Corrections Enter Into Agreement to Improve Language Assistance Services for Limited English Proficient Inmates - October 15, 2014

U.S. Department of Homeland Security releases draft Language Access Plans for Components and Offices for public comment - September 4, 2014

  • Comments are due by Friday, October 31 (Deadline extended to November 14)
  • The draft plans are available at
  • Written comments may be sent by email to
  • Read the DHS message in English and other languages:

United States Department of Justice Releases Language Access Planning and Technical Assistance Tool for Courts at Public Event on February 28, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights reached an agreement with Mee Memorial Hospital to expand and improve accessibility for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP), including persons who speak indigenous languages.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and New Jersey Announce Agreement to Expand Hurricane Sandy Recovery Programs

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nebraska Reach Agreement on Language Access to Housing Programs

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Hazleton, Pa., Area School District Civil Rights Investigation

Department of Justice and Rhode Island Judiciary Enter into Agreement for Provision of Language Assistance Services in Rhode Island Courts

Department of Justice and New Jersey Judiciary Work Collaboratively to Ensure the Provision of Language Assistance Services in New Jersey Courts –

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Agreement With Ontario County Sheriff's Office To Expand Language Access Services - April 2, 2014

United States Department of Justice Files Title VI Statement of Interest in Case Alleging National Origin Discrimination by Hawaii Department of Transportation - March 28, 2014

San Francisco Police Department Officer LEP Training Video (YouTube)- February 28, 2014

Opportunities for PMF Rotations and Non-reimbursable Federal Details to the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Civil Rights Division (PDF)- February 4, 2014

North Carolina Court System Develops Language Access Complaint Poster - January 24, 2014*

*Attribution. Attribution to the NCAOC must be clear and visible on any and all of your materials and products in whatever format they exist.  Attribution should be substantially similar to the following: “The North Carolina court forms included in this publication are created by the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which office has given permission for the use of these forms in this publication.

United State Department of Agriculture issues Limited English Proficiency Plan for Federally Conducted Programs- January 23, 2014

The King County Superior Court Agrees to Work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington State and the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section to Improve Access to Court Interpreters – January 21, 2014


United States Agrees to Comprehensive Settlement with Suffolk County Police Department to Resolve Investigation of Discriminatory Policing Against Latinos, with "meaningful access to police services for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP)"- December 3, 2013

Department of Justice Files Title VI Statement of Interest in Case Alleging National Origin Discrimination by NYPD - November 22, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Limited English Proficiency Fact Sheet- September 2013

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Secures Agreement Ensuring Full Access to Law Enforcement Services in Middletown - September 20, 2013 (Spanish)

Acting Assistant Attorney General letter to Michigan Supreme Court addressing Rule 1.111, Foreign Language Interpreters – September 17, 2013

2007-2011 American Community Survey (ACS) Language Data Map

Alaska Department of Law Language Access Plan- August 2013

Four Year Title VI Report:  The Civil Rights Division’s Efforts to Protect Against Race, Color, and National Origin Discrimination by Recipients of Federal Funds- July 2013

Presentation: Language Access: Unemployment Insurance Programs and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Individuals (PDF), U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Rights Center, June 2013

TeamSTEPPS® Enhancing Safety for Patients With Limited English Proficiency Module, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2013

Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, March 2013 (Toolkit Language Access Topics on the Resources Page)

OCR launches national compliance review initiative, "Advancing Effective Communication in Critical Access Hospitals," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)- April 30, 2013 (Press Release in PDF ) (HHS/OCR Report in PDF)

Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards), Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- April 2013 (PDF Version) (Additional Information)

Limited English Proficient Individuals in the United States: Linguistic Diversity at the County and State Level, Migration Policy Institute- February 27, 2013 (Excel)

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with School District of Palm Beach County, Florida. The agreement includes "translation and interpretation services throughout the registration" and "disciplinary process" for ELL students and parents who are LEP- February 26, 2013 (Agreement) (Press Release)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2013 Language Access Plan- February 26, 2013 (PDF), Related HHS Page

The Language of Justice, Deeana Jang, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Blog, February 19, 2013

Santa Clara, California Probation Department Laguage Access Plan- January 17, 2013.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreement with a property management company in Virginia Beach, VA, which will pay $82,500 to settle allegations that it refused to allow a Hispanic woman to apply for an apartment because she did not speak fluent English. HUD Press Release- January 16, 2013. Agreements (PDF)

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Agreements With Dutchess And Putnam County Boards Of Elections To Provide Language Access For Voters - January 15, 2013 (Spanish)

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Landmark Agreement With Nassau County Police Department To Strengthen Language Access Services - January 11, 2013 (Spanish)


U.S. Department of Justice Releases a Draft Language Access Planning Tool for Courts (PDF Version) (Word Version) – December 19, 2012, Justice Blog Post (The comment period is now closed)

U.S. Department of Justice Memorandum of Agreement with the Juvenile Courts of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee requires the development of a language access plan that complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See page 17 (PDF) – December 17, 2012

U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona denies Maricopa County and Sheriff Arpaio's Motions to Dismiss, ruling that "longstanding case law, federal regulations and agency interpretation of those regulations hold language-based discrimination constitutes a form of national origin discrimination under Title VI." See pages 6-8 (PDF) – December 12, 2012

Santa Clara County District Attorney's Language Access Plan- December 3, 2012. (PDF)

U.S. Department of Justice proposed consent decree with Orleans Parish Prison requires language assistance services for Spanish-speaking LEP inmates. See pages 34-37 (PDF) – December 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement with the East Haven, Conn., Police Department addresses language assistance services. See pages 14-16 (PDF) – November, 20, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights in Regions V, VI and IX, resolve three complaints that alleged hospitals and health care providers violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to provide language assistance services – October 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Region I and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) sign a voluntary resolution agreement to expand language assistance services for limited English proficient (LEP) persons (PDF) – October 2012

U.S. Education Department Announces Resolution of Dearborn, Mich., Public Schools Civil Rights Investigation – May 31, 2012

Department of Justice Files Lawsuit in Arizona Against Maricopa County and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in U.S. District Court fo rthe District of Arizona – May 10, 2012

Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez at the Maricopa County Press Conference

Federal Complaint Filed by DOJ (PDF)

Governor Cuomo Announces New York State Agencies Now Provide Free Language Access Services (Chinese, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian) – October 10, 2012

Working with State Courts to Remove Language Barriers to Justice, June 15, 2012

Rhode Island Supreme Court, Executive Order No. 2012-5 (PDF) June 13, 2012

The Justice Blog, A Commitment to Language Access - May 8, 2012

Proposed USDA LEP Guidance (PDF)- March 8, 2012 (Comments due by May 7, 2012)

Department of Justice Language Access Plan (PDF)- April 5, 2012

Availability of Language Assistance Services at DOJ (Arabic, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Filipino, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese)

DOJ/ Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Report: Promising Practices for Language Access in Federal Administrative Hearings and Proceedings (PDF)- February 15, 2012

Related Resource- ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts (PDF), American Bar Association, February 2012

EPA Title VI / LEP Settlement with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (EPA Title VI Website)- January 18, 2012


Considerations for Providing Language Access in a Prosecutorial Agency (PDF)- September 21, 2011

Federal Funding Programs for State and Local Court Activities to Address Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals (PDF)- August 18, 2011

Common Language Access Questions, Technical Assistance, and Guidance for Federally Conducted and Federally Assisted Programs (PDF)- August 15, 2011

Memorandum of Agreement between USA and the State of Colorado Judicial Department (PDF)- June 28, 2011.

Language Access Assessment and Planning Tool for Federally Conducted and Federally Assisted Programs (PDF)- May 9, 2011

The Justice Blog, Renewing a Commitment to Language Access - February 2011

The Department of Homeland Security Publishes LEP Guidance (PDF) - April 18, 2011

Information about the DHS LEP Guidance is available in the following non-English languages:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Protection of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals under Title VI and Title VI Regulations - March 16, 2011

The Justice Blog, Renewing a Commitment to Language Access - February 2011

Memo to Federal Agencies from Attorney General Eric Holder Reaffirming the Mandates of Executive Order 13166 - February 17, 2011 (EO 13166 Resource Page)


Enforcement of Nondiscrimination Laws in Programs and Activities that Receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding Memorandum from Attorney General Eric Holder– September 27, 2010

Language Access Guidance Letter to State Courts from Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez - August 17, 2010

Language Access Obligations under Executive Order 13166 Memorandum to Heads and Department Components from Attorney General Eric Holder - June 28, 2010


Memorandum from Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Loretta King re: Strengthening of Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - July 10, 2009

Prepared Remarks of Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King to the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency- U.S. Department of Justice, April 20, 2009 links to PDF and Word files that require a browser plug-in to open. Plug-ins include Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word Viewer.