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Clearinghouse Review Article: How Coalitions Can Help Legal Aid Attorneys Improve Access for Their Limited-English-Proficient Clients

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Legal aid attorneys are increasing serving limited-English-proficient (LEP) clients bringing claims of discrimination based upon an inability to access an array of government services, such as public benefits, law enforcement, and the courts. While traditional litigation approaches may offer remedies for individual clients, a systemic advocacy involves the creation of coalitions to push for language accessibility for LEP persons. A coalition of this type was formed in Washington State, and it has produced positive results for that state's LEP population.

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