It is important to know about the rights of individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and individuals with undocumented immigration status in order to advocate on their behalf and ensure that they have full access to all services available to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. To that end the National Latino Network has compiled a list of resources for those who wish to learn more about these issues.
Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: recipients of Federal financial assistance are not allowed to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin.
Executive Order 13166: Protection against national origin discrimination includes persons with limited English proficiency (LEP).
Facts sheet: The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services developed a fact sheet explaining the position by the U.S. Attorney General that certain services necessary for the protection of life and safety are exempt from the immigration restrictions imposed by the welfare reform law.
Statement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: clarified that transitional housing for up to 2 years should be available to immigrant victims of domestic violence regardless of immigration status and explaining the need for compliance with this law.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Survivors with LEP: Casa de Esperanza compiled a list of answers to frequently asked questions in response to numerous requests for information on the rights of access to services for LEP individuals,
In addition, Casa de Esperanza is currently participating in a study with the National Domestic Violence Hotline to track the need for LEP services and explore the challenges and barriers faced by victims with limited English proficiency to access services. The data is being analyzed and will shed light on the need to enhance access to services for LEP and immigrant survivors and the detrimental effects that barriers to access have on victims of domestic and sexual violence.