Heinrich, fellow Democrats working to make government services available in more languages

Accessible in more languages

WASHINGTON (February 14, 2022) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) is working to make government services available in more languages.

Senator Heinrich and a group of 19 Democratic Senate colleagues are calling on US Attorney General Merrick Garland to direct federal agencies to update their language access plans to ensure that people whose language is not English can access essential information and resources in the language of their choice.

In a letter led by U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), the senators wrote“Language barriers can impact access to vital services and information related to education, the legal system, health care, housing, etc. We ask that you issue a memorandum directing federal agencies update their language access plans to meet current needs.

These language plans, some of which have not been updated for nearly a decade, would prompt agencies to update their websites to include language support services and boost the distribution of translated materials.

A recent report found that over 67 million households spoke a language other than English at home.

Read the full text of the letter by clicking here.

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Ashley C. Reynolds