Department of Justice (DOJ) LEP Guidance
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The same day as Executive
Order 13166, the Civil Rights Division of the United States
Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an initial Guidance document (DOJ
Guidance) entitled “Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964-National Origin Discrimination Against Persons With Limited
See the August 16, 2000 Federal Register
After a period of public comment, the DOJ Guidance was republished on June 18, 2002. This version advised recipients of Federal funding they were required to take reasonable steps ensure meaningful access by LEP persons. The 2002 DOJ Guidance is Available Here
The Four Factor Test
The DOJ recommended recipients of Federal funding consider four factors when developing LEP plans:
DOJ Letters and Compliance Tools
The DOJ sent a letter to Federal agencies in 2002 explaining their obligations, is available here. A letter was also sent to to each state court systems, in 2003, available here. The DOJ also provided agencies with a sample article for inclusion in a possible agency newsletter, here.
In the 2002 letter, the DOJ described tools to ensure compliance with EO 13166, available here. A copy of each of these tools is listed below:
A June 10, 2005 letter to all recipients of Federal assistance describes the new LEP materials and how the DOJ will provide training to state and county law enforcement agencies to ensure meaningful access by LEP individuals. A copy of this letter is available here and in the resources below.
DOJ LEP Video
In September 2004, the DOJ also released a video entitled “Breaking Down the Language Barrier: Translating Limited English Proficiency Policy into Practice.” See the press release.
The video demonstrates through three scenarios the meaningful access that must be provided to LEP individuals. The first scenario is an LEP individual in an emergency room. The second sequence involves an LEP woman applying for Food Stamps. The last scenario involves police interacting with an LEP individual. Available at the LEP.gov website, under Multilingual Materials.
Other DOJ Resources
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|Executive Order 13166|
|DOJ LEP Guidance|
|Federal Agency Guidance|
|Food Stamp Program|
|Health Care Services|
|Legal Services and Attorneys|
|Other Group Data|
|Resources and Training|
|Language Access Guides|
|Language Access Training|
|Model LEP Plans|
|New York Resources|
Last Updated: August 11, 2008 ● Empire Justice Center © 2008