Nearly twelve years after the passage of Executive Order 13166, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has, at long last, published its first Language Access Plan. Tamara Kessler, Acting Officer for the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties says:
At DHS, we recognize the importance of being able to communicate effectively with individuals across our many missions and functions. That’s why I’m proud to announce that DHS has published its first-ever Language Access Plan to address the language needs of persons with limited English proficiency (LEP)…. While we achieved a milestone with the LEP Plan, there is still more work to be done. This year, each DHS Component is required to complete its own language access plan that will further implement the Department’s policy to provide meaningful access for LEP persons.