What is language justice, what are tips for lawyers to practice it, and why is this especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic? This article answers these commonly asked questions and more.
Published by Management Information Exchange Journal
This article positions language justice as a critical
part of effective and inclusive legal services, and introduces a framework for assessing and strengthening practices for servicing individuals who do not communicate in English as their dominant language.
From Language Access to Language Justice: Centering Survivors’ Voices in the Anti-Violence Movement, 2019
A Language Justice approach allows agencies to engage diverse organizations, local communities, stakeholders, and victims/survivors in anti-violence initiatives, placing everyone on equal footing through interpretation, translation, and other strategies for equal communication
Limited English proficiency not only affects survivors’ ability to get help, but also employment, housing, benefits, health and mental health care, and to advocate for social and educational services for their children – factors compounding the vulnerability of, and the discrimination survivors face; more so for those contemplating leaving.