September 11, 2015
State Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar knows about the immigrant experience firsthand. As a teenager, Cuéllar emigrated with his parents from the Mexican state of Matamoros to California’s Imperial Valley in 1986. This inspired Cuèllar’s main project today: making the California court system accessible to people who speak English as a second language or not at all.
A version of Cuéllar’s language access plan has been approved by the Statewide Judiciary Council, but tight funding could make it hard to implement. Still, he is hoping that with the help of volunteers, more language interpreters can be provided.
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Napa Valley (now Bay Area Legal Aid)