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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Current State of Language Rights: A Federal Update

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This workshop will examine language access enforcement efforts by various federal agencies under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and E.O 13166. Panelists from the civil rights offices of the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Labor will discuss enforcement examples in the courts, law enforcement, child welfare, healthcare, unemployment compensation, job training, and other federally funded or federally conducted programs. Participants will learn about language access obligations under Title VI and other federal statutes, how legal aid and defender attorneys can effectively engage in advocacy, and the issues being faced by other programs.

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Joann Lee

Special Counsel on Language Justice, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Joann Lee is Special Counsel at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), where she has provided direct legal services to Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant communities in the Los Angeles area since 2000. Joann specializes in family and immigration law, with a focus... Read More →

Beatriz Romero-Escobar

Senior Investigator, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Beatriz Romero-Escobar is a senior investigator with the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Romero-Escobar joined the Office for Civil Rights in 2005 and has been charged with providing technical assistance and conducting outreach to assist... Read More →

Denise Sudell

Senior Policy Advisor, Civil Rights Center, U.S. Department of Labor
Denise M. Sudell is a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL’s) Civil Rights Center (CRC). She recently returned to that position after more than four years as chief of CRC’s Office of External Enforcement. She originally came to CRC in January 2003, after... Read More →
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Paul Uyehara

Senior Attorney, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Paul M. Uyehara is a senior attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. Since joining DOJ in 2008 after some 30 years of public interest work in Philadelphia, his primary focus has been the section’s... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm EST
Marquette A 5th Floor