*Speaking Justice: Providing Language Access in the Courts – Webinar & Training Materials Language Access (April 2, 2024)

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Speaking Justice: Providing Victims and Litigants Language Access in the Courts

PowerPoint Presentation


Join us for a national webinar at which U.S. Department of Justice language access experts and the National Judicial Network will discuss federal law requirements for courts to provide language access in court proceedings, clerks offices and court-ordered services, ensuring that everyone, regardless of the language spoken, can fully participate in the legal process. The webinar will discuss the federal requirements to provide qualified interpreters for all types of civil, family, and criminal matters, including those involving limited English proficient victims. We’ll also explore a real-life case in an interactive exercise, illustrating the critical importance of language access in courts and identifying how the failure of other agencies (e.g., hospitals, law enforcement, child protective services) to provide language access may impact the role of the courts and the outcomes for victims, children, and all litigants. Our faculty will offer practical solutions for lawyers and judges in communities facing language access challenges. This webinar will provide tips, tools, resources, and best practices that all judges, court staff, attorneys, and victim advocates can use to improve language access to courts serving their communities.


  • Christine Stoneman, Chief, Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS), U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Hon. Victor Reyes (Ret.), Judge, Pueblo, Colorado 
  • Leslye E. Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director, NIWAP, American University Washington College of Law 

Language Access General Materials

If you are a victim advocate, attorney, judge, or other professional working with an immigrant victim and you would like to receive case specific technical assistance on family law issues that arise in cases of immigrant crime victims, please call NIWAP for technical assistance.  (202) 274-4457 or email us at info@niwap.org

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Technical Assistance Flyer:

NIWAP’s  Technical Assistance Flyer describes the technical assistance and training offered to support advocates, attorneys, judges, police, prosecutors, and other professionals in their work with immigrant women, children, and crime victims.

For further information see our language access pages:

Multilingual Know Your Rights Materials and Screening Tools:

Training Resource Guide, Manual Chapters, and Articles:

Language Access Plans and Policies


Law Enforcement and Prosecutors:

Government Policies and Publications:

LEP.gov – State Courts

LEP.gov – Law Enforcement

Language Access Laws and Regulations

Department of Justice Language Access Publications

Language Access Resources from Technical Assistance Providers:

Language Access Webinars:

Language Identification:

Interpretation and Translation:

Materials Produced by the King County Court

Language Access and Interpretation Training Exercises

Filing a Language Access Complaint

This training and materials list is supported by Grant No. SJI-23-T-043 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute. This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02208-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

***If you have difficulty accessing this publication please contact for assistance NIWAP at (202) 274-4457 or info@niwap.org