Agency Title VI Outreach and Training

Agency Title VI Outreach and Training


Department of Justice Addresses Importance of Language Assistance Services for Limited English Proficient Individuals in Law Enforcement and State Court Interactions:


On December 15, FCS presented on language assistance services at a legal seminar, coordinated by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute entitled, “Title VI Language Access.” FCS addressed the importance of language assistance services for LEP individuals in the justice system, with a focus on interactions with law enforcement and state courts.



Department of Justice Discusses Title VI Civil Rights Enforcement in Child Welfare:


On November 16, FCS presented on a panel at the American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys 2016 conference in Norfolk, VA addressing civil rights enforcement in child welfare. FCS attorneys discussed the October 2016 joint agency guidance on Title VI and Child Welfare (, issued by the Departments of Health and Human Service and Justice.


Department of Justice Addresses Recent Title VI Enforcement at the Annual Conference of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association Conference:


On November 10-11, the head of the Civil Rights Division gave a keynote speech to the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association 2016 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, highlighting the nexus between civil rights and legal aid. At the same conference, FCS participated in workshop sessions related to Title VI, including the importance of engagement with stakeholders when addressing race and national origin discrimination.


Department of Justice Conducts Title VI Webinar on Language Access Obligations:


On November 4, FCS presented a webinar to Arizona Legal Services staff, advocates from Community Legal Services, Southern Arizona Legal Aid, and DNA People’s Legal services, attorneys and paralegals involved in domestic violence work, community action, and fair housing. The webinar focused on the language access obligations of recipients of federal financial assistance.


Department of Justice Discusses Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Asian Pacific Americans in the Courts System:

On November 3, FCS participated in a forum on language access in the courts system at the annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) convention in San Diego.


Department of Justice Hosts Panel Discussion on Recent Title VI Matters Addressing Environmental Equity and Vulnerable Communities:


On October 25, FCS facilitated a panel discussion on recent Title VI matters at the Revitalizing Vulnerable Communities 2016 National Training and Resources Summit. The goal of Summit was to enhance collaboration on environmental, health, and economic concerns to ensure that vulnerable populations have access to information, services, and data to support increased resiliency, public participation, and sustainability. The panel highlighted the joint agency Title VI guidance on nondiscrimination in emergency management (, DOJ’s Statement of Interest in Drayton v. McIntosh County, et al. (, and DOT’s Voluntary Resolution Agreement ( of a Title VI complaint about the Corpus Christi, Texas Harbor Bridge Project as examples of recent Title VI measures to protect vulnerable communities from discrimination based on race, color, and national origin discrimination in federally funded programs.

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