April is a very busy month for the DC Office of Human Rights. Not only do we observe and highlight Language Access Month, but Fair Housing Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Anti-Street Harassment Week (April 12-18).
The Language Access team is hard at work, enforcing the very important Language Access Act passed in 2004 to ensure that all District residents, regardless of English proficiency, have access to government services in their native language. To do this, we have close relationships with DC Government agencies and their Language Access Coordinators. If an issue comes up, we are quick to respond so that individuals can receive the services they need.
We recently released our FY19 Annual Compliance Review for all of the government agencies in the District and will be releasing the latest edition sometime in the coming months. Additionally, there have been new amendments to the Act, which now mandates that the ANCs throughout the city incorporate Language Access into their meetings. We have been very busy meeting with ANC commissioners outlining provisions of this new law and helping support them into compliance.
If you or someone you know has been turned away from a government agency because they are not English proficient, please file a complaint by clicking here.
Happy Language Access Month DC!
Language Access Director