SAAPRI helped Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation kick off their 9th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 21-25, 2013 by urging attorneys of all backgrounds to help the growing number of community members with limited English proficiency (LEP). SAAPRI’s Ami Gandhi coauthored an article for the CBA Record magazine and trained attorneys on how to work effectively with immigrant and LEP clients. As the United States Department of Justice has stated, “[d]ispensing justice fairly, efficiently, and accurately is a cornerstone of the judiciary. Policies and practices that deny LEP persons meaningful access to the courts undermine that cornerstone.”
SAAPRI also partnered with Equip for Equality and LAF for a Continuing Legal Education training on language access for CARPLS staff and volunteers.
SAAPRI’s Ami Gandhi serves on the State of Illinois Task Force on Language Access to Government Services. As SAAPRI continues advocating for improved language access to the court system, we are proud to partner with diverse organizations including Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, Apna Ghar, LAF, DePaul University College of Law Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, and Korean American Women in Need.
SAAPRI has connected government agencies and service providers to community members providing assistance in a variety of languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Telugu, Punjabi, and Bengali/Bangla.