Seen But Often Unheard: Limited-English-Proficiency Advocacy in Georgia

Dec 2012  Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy (46 Clearinghouse Rev. 343 (2012))

Georgia Legal Services Program’s efforts to obtain, for the state’s large limited-English-proficient population, access to justice through direct and educational advocacy have been difficult because of Georgia’s anti-immigrant legislation, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alexander v. Sandoval, and local aversion to following federal law. However, Georgia has two statutes creating rights to free interpreters, and the limited-English-proficient population has found allies at the Georgia Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Justice. The program’s efforts are instructive for advocates grappling with Title VI enforcement in other states.

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