Boston, MA – In response to Governor Healey’s Executive Order No. 615 promoting increased language access, Deborah Silva, Executive Director of Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, issued the following statement:
“Language barriers at state agencies prevent hundreds of thousands of people across the Commonwealth from accessing the resources and information they need to care for themselves and their families. We applaud the Healey-Driscoll Administration for taking action to affirm the language access rights of all residents and expand equitable access to the many critical services provided by state agencies.
This Executive Order complements and aligns with goals long expressed by language access advocates, and we are grateful for the administration’s clear commitment to addressing this issue. As we continue working with our partners in the Mass Speaks Coalition to pass the Language Access and Inclusion Act, we look forward to building on the strong foundation laid by Governor Healey today and establishing robust accountability measures that make sure our government is accessible to everyone, no matter what language they speak.”
MA Appleseed is driven by a mission to promote equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues. Through policy analysis and research, coalition building, education and training, community organizing, and advocacy, the nonprofit seeks systems-level change so all Massachusetts families and youth can exercise their legal rights, build pathways out of poverty and crisis, and thrive. Responding to emerging and enduring inequities, MA Appleseed addresses an array of complex issues including self-representation in the civil justice system, language access for immigrant families, the school-to-prison pipeline, and youth homelessness. To explore recent research, find resources, sign up for opportunities to take action, or donate, please visit massappleseed.org.
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