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Know Your Rights
Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Health Justice & Access
Type: Pubs & Reports

Locked Out

About this Report:

For years, immigrant New Yorkers have suffered from inadequate translation and interpretation services at New York City’s public and private hospitals.  The 2000 Census reports that 47% of all New York City households speak a language other than English in the home.  One out of every four New Yorkers do not speak English.  As the City’s demographics have shifted over the years, complaints about access to health care for immigrants have intensified.

During the spring and summer of 2003, Spanish-speaking members and organizers from Make the Road by Walking interviewed 48 Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients at Brooklyn Hospital to ascertain the scope of the problem.

Locked Out summarizes the results of these interviews, and includes a brief summary of the city, state and federal laws that require language assistance services for LEP New Yorkers.