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Providing Services to Non-English Speaking Asian American Litigants. Karin Wang, Asian Pacific American Legal Center March 2006. Challenges. Challenge - Demographics. California has the nation’s greatest language diversity 224 languages spoken

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Providing services to non english speaking asian american litigants

Providing Services to Non-English Speaking Asian American Litigants

Karin Wang, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

March 2006


Providing services to non english speaking asian american litigants

Challenges


Challenge demographics

Challenge - Demographics

  • California has the nation’s greatest language diversity

    • 224 languages spoken

    • 40% speak a language other than English at home

  • Many Californians faceEnglish language barriers

    • More than 6 million (20%) do not speak English very well

  • California’s growth is driven by immigration

    • 44% of Latinos & 62% of Asian Americans are foreign-born


Challenge demographics1

Challenge - Demographics

  • AA/PIs have significant language barriers

    • Many speak language other than English at home

      • 79% of AA/PIs overall (18% of US population)

    • Many speak English less than very well

      • 43% of AA/PIs overall, but 63% of Vietnamese, 57% of Cambodians, 52% of Bangladeshi (8% of US population)

    • Many are linguistically isolated

      • 30% of AA/PI households overall, but 47% of Korean, 45% of Vietnamese (5% of US population)


Challenge demographics2

Challenge - Demographics

  • There is a strong correlation between high LEP rates & high poverty rates

    • Hmong: 61% LEP, 53% poverty

    • Cambodians: 56% LEP, 40% poverty

    • Overall California: 20% LEP, 14% poverty


Challenge fear and lack of knowledge

Challenge - Fear andLack of Knowledge

  • Many immigrants and refugees

    • Fear anything perceived to be a government agency

    • Lack familiarity with American legal concepts

    • Lack knowledge of legal aid providers, self-help centers


Challenge lack of resources

Challenge - Lack of Resources

  • Insufficient funding at all levels

  • Lack of competent interpreters (ie, not enough trained legal interpreters)

  • Lack of sufficient human capital in many communities (eg, very small or newly emerging groups)


Providing services to non english speaking asian american litigants

ALLIP


Allip basics

ALLIP - Basics

  • ALLIP: Asian Language Legal Intake Project

  • 4 languages: Cambodian, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), Korean, Vietnamese

  • 4 partners:

    • Asian Pacific American Legal Center

    • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

    • Neighborhood Legal Services

    • Legal Aid Society of Orange County


Allip mission goals

ALLIP - Mission & Goals

  • Mission: Provide centralized intake, advice & referral in 4 Asian languages

  • Goals:

    • Eliminate language as initial barrier to access

    • Provide single point of entry for legal assistance

    • Expand capacity of partner legal aids by increasing attorney staffing to take cases

    • Coordinate outreach among partners


Providing services to non english speaking asian american litigants

Keys to Success


Principles of successful programs

Principles of Successful Programs

  • Establish clear vision from the top

  • Create strong partnerships between legal aid/court program & community organizations

  • Engage in active outreach & education

  • Provide sufficient staffing

  • Provide single point of entry

  • Use self-help to complement other services

  • Utilize technology


Contact information

Karin Wang, Vice-President, Programs

213/977-7500 x234

[email protected]

Juliet Stone, Supervising Attorney

213/977-7500 x344

[email protected]

Asian Pacific American Legal Center: www.apalc.org

ALLIP: www.apalc.org/allip

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