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Language in Disasters. Public Comment Period for DHS Indigenous Languages Plan, due April 17, 2023


Office for Civil Rights and
Civil Liberties

US Department of Homeland Security

March 3, 2023

Public Comment Period for DHS Indigenous Languages Plan  

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes the importance of effective communication with persons who are limited English proficient (LEP) across its many missions and functions and is committed to meeting the requirements of Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency. The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) leads the Department's efforts to provide meaningful access for LEP individuals in its programs, activities, services, and operations.

CRCL has issued a draft DHS Indigenous Languages Plan for a 45-day informal comment period. The plan is a vehicle to strengthen language services for Indigenous migrants that the Department encounters and serves through its programs, activities, and operations, as migration levels in the U.S. from Guatemala and other countries with large Indigenous populations have increased significantly. Please email any questions or comments on the plan to by April 17, 2023. 

*The DHS Language Access Plan and Component plans and other resources can also be found on the DHS Language Access webpage:


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