Approximately one in six residents in the District speaks a language other than English at home – in 2000 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the Limited English Proficient/No English Proficient (LEP/NEP) population of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area at close to half a million. The barriers to access faced by LEP/NEP constituents often lead to a variety of problems that are costly, time-consuming, and sometimes dangerous for the well-being of clients and service-providers alike.
About Many Languages One Voice:
MLOV was incorporated in December 2010 to empower LEP/NEP individuals and communities to equitably access public benefits and services in the District of Columbia. MLOV administers and staffs the DC Language Access Coalition (www.dclanguageaccess.org) – an alliance of over 40 community-based and civil rights organizations that advocate for language access rights within the District of Columbia – and furthers the Coalition’s capacity for advocacy through grassroots community organizing, that gives a voice to the city’s immigrant communities impacted by language barriers.
- Under the guidance of MLOV’s Outreach Coordinator and in conjunction with other outreach interns, develop an outreach plan to best inform community members of their language access rights
- Conduct “Know Your Rights” trainings at community centers, health clinics, schools and places of worship
- Work with MLOV's Communications Coordinator to gather community members’ stories through video interviews
- Evaluate government agencies' compliance with the Language Access Act of 2004 (e.g., providing interpretation services upon request)
- Fluent in Amharic, Cantonese, French, or Mandarin
- High level of comfort talking to a diverse groups of people
- Extremely organized and has the ability to multi-task
- Self-motivated, able to work with minimal supervision and as part of an outreach team
- Commitment to social justice and grassroots activism
- Love of food (we eat a lot!)
How to Apply:
Email Erin Burns with a resume and cover letter by Wednesday, May 23rd -
erin(at)mlovdc.org. Feel free to email us with any questions or concerns, and thank you for your interest in advancing justice for DC's limited- and non-English proficient communities!