Language Access

Survivors of domestic violence rebuilding their lives need meaningful and timely access to various agencies and resources in the city.

In 2016, we reached an agreement with the New York Police Department on behalf of victims with limited English proficiency (LEP) who had been denied interpretation services by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The agreement states that people with limited English proficiency (LEP) have the right to certified interpretation when interacting with the NYPD and orders officers to carry cell phones assigned to the NYPD with direct language access and to end the practice of using children or bystanders as interpreters.