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Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons

The Department of Homeland Security is finalizing guidance to recipients of Federal financial assistance regarding Title VI’s prohibition against national origin discrimination affecting persons with limited English proficient persons. This guidance is issued pursuant to Executive Order 13166 and is consistent with government-wide guidance previously issued by the Department of Justice.

Final Component Language Access Plans

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, which leads the Department's language access efforts, joins its colleagues across DHS to release these Language Access Plans for DHS Components and Offices.

LEP Guidance for Recipients of DHS Financial Assistance

DHS offers guidance to its recipients of federal financial assistance on their obligations to provide meaningful access to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Department's implementing regulations.

DHS Language Access Resources

The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) leads the Department's efforts, through policy, to provide meaningful access for LEP individuals in its programs, activities, services, and operations. The following materials and resources can assist DHS personnel and grantees in serving LEP individuals.

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