Lost in Translation

When “no hablo español” means no justice

By city law, the NYPD is required to provide translation services to anyone who needs them, but according to several Spanish-speaking women, the cops didn't get the message. The Wall Street Journal reports that five Hispanic women filed a lawsuit following separate domestic violence incidents in which the responding officers spoke only English and listened to a modified version of events from the women's abusive partners, with no attempt to find an interpreter. In some cases, the victim who made the call was almost arrested herself. Legal Services NYC and Violence Intervention Program are co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit

Read it at the Wall Street Journal

June 28, 2013 1:57 PM