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DHS Language Access for Limited English Proficiency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes the importance of being able to communicate effectively with individuals, including those with limited English proficiency (LEP), across our many missions and functions. The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) leads the Department's efforts to provide meaningful access for LEP individuals in its programs, activities, and services.

DHS Language Access Plan

The DHS Language Access Plan establishes a system to implement Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (August 11, 2000), which states that people with limited English proficiency should have meaningful access to federally conducted and federally funded programs and activities, including services and benefits.

Component Language Access Plans

In coordination with and guidance from CRCL, each DHS Component developed its own individual plan to provide a framework for improving their delivery of language services to diverse communities across the country. CRCL received feedback on these plans from stakeholders and the public an online open comment period and a national stakeholder engagement meeting.

DHS Guidance for Recipients of Financial Assistance

DHS offers guidance to its recipients of federal financial assistance on their obligations to provide meaningful access to LEP persons, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Department's implementing regulations. The guidance is also useful for federal employees that serve or encounter LEP persons throughout the Department's own programs and activities.

Language Access Materials and Resources

Last Published Date: November 18, 2015

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