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DHS Publishes First-ever Language Access Plan (April 2012)

CRCL is pleased to announce the release of the DHS Language Access Plan (LEP Plan) to address the language needs of persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). This LEP Plan demonstrates our commitment to breaking down language barriers and providing meaningful access to homeland security programs and activities. 

The release of the LEP Plan is the culmination of a year-long Department-wide effort to improve language access and integration, as required by Executive Order 13166. In leading this effort, CRCL collaborated with DHS Components to develop a robust language access plan and program. CRCL also engaged and received feedback from a number of community stakeholders and federal partners through our quarterly roundtables held in 13 cities across the country, and held listening sessions with advocacy groups who provided valuable insight on areas of improvement and innovative methods for language integration. Read about the Department’s many activities in place to meet the needs of LEP persons

While we have achieved a milestone with the LEP Plan, there is still more work to be done. Over the next year, each DHS Component will complete its own language access plan that will further implement the Department's policy to provide meaningful access for LEP persons. CRCL will oversee and assist Component with the implementation of their plans.

Read the DHS Language Access Plan and the Guidance on Limited English Proficiency for DHS Grant Recipients.

By mail or phone:
The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528

Phone: 202-401-1474
Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
TTY: 202-401-0470
Toll Free TTY: 1-866-644-8361
Fax: 202-401-4708

By e-mail:
crcl@dhs.gov

Last Published Date: July 2, 2013
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