Thursday, February 9th, 2017

EOIR Releases Language Access Plan

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"The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the release of its official language access plan, the first of a kind for the agency. The release of the EOIR Language Access Plan is a commitment in writing to providing meaningful access to those with limited English proficiency to EOIR’s programs and activities, and it is the latest plan to display the Department of Justice’s commitment to the language access principles of Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (August 11, 2000). The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 19.7% of the population over the age of five speaks a language other than English at home. Further, 44.2% of that group speaks English less than “very well.” Many of the persons with whom EOIR communicates speak a