March 25

Anywhere - Virtual

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About The Series

Ayuda’s 6-part speaker series, Faces of Change, offers a space for informative and educational discourse on the impact of current events, cultural shifts, policy changes, and other issues affecting the immigrant communities Ayuda serves.

Join us on Thursday, March 25 for a discussion on language access and language justice in the United States. What can be done at the local, state, and national levels to ensure fair and equitable language access? What is the Language Access Act of D.C.? Tune in for this informative discussion to learn more! 

Sign language interpretation will be provided.

Engage. Inform. Educate. Repeat.

Meet the March 25 Speakers

The fourth installment of Ayuda’s Speaker Series: Faces of Change is all about language access and language justice.

Join us as we take a macro-level look at the current state of language access in the US, how COVID-19 has impacted Limited English proficiency, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and non-English speaking communities, as well as discuss the D.C. Language Access Act, and what other policies need to be put in place to better support our communities.

Tune in March 25 from 7PM-8PM to find out!

Event Moderator

Alban Zamora

Alban Zamora

News Anchor, Noticiero Telemundo 44

Alban Zamora is a news Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo 44 in Washington D.C. and contributes to Telemundo’s national newscast as a correspondent.

Zamora is part of a multicultural Hispanic family: his father is Cuban, and his mother is Dominican.

As a childhood cancer survivor, Zamora’s path has exceeded typical expectations. In the Dominican Republic he was recognized for his generous commitment to local charities and was awarded the Premio Nacional de la Juventud 2010.

He received his bachelor’s degree in his hometown of Santiago, Dominican Republic, and his master’s degree in International Journalism from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain.

With more than fifteen years of experience in the news media field and having worked in four different countries; Spain, Dominican Republic, Mexico and USA, he brings the elements of diversity and multiculturalism to his work.

 

Panelists

Council Member Deni Taveras

Council Member Deni Taveras

Prince George's County Council Member

Deni Taveras was re- elected to her second 4-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in 2018. In 2020, she was elected as Vice-Chair (VC), making history as the first Latina elected to her seat and to a leadership role on the Council. As council member she has attracted $10 billion worth of investments from both private and public sources and has put eight schools and two libraries in the pipeline for construction in her district.

Taveras is a strong advocate for education equity and social justice issues, seeking to improve the lives of working families and diverse communities. She chairs the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee and is a member of the Local Workforce Development Board.

Taveras holds a dual Masters degree in public affairs and urban regional planning from Princeton University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Master’s degree from the University of Utah, and a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College; the latter two in chemistry.

Paul Uyehara

Paul Uyehara

Senior Attorney

Paul M. Uyehara is a senior attorney in the Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) of the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., having served since 2008. His primary assignment is the FCS Courts Language Access Initiative, which utilizes Title VI enforcement, technical assistance, and outreach activities to promote increased language access to state court systems. Paul also chairs the Limited English Proficiency Committee of the Title VI Federal Interagency Working Group.

Previously, Paul was a senior staff attorney in the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia for eight years, where he focused on language rights advocacy, improving program accessibility for language minority clients, and representing limited English proficient clients with consumer problems. He was a founding member of the National Language Access Advocates Network and has extensive experience with language access issues in law enforcement, the courts, bankruptcy and legal services programs. Paul chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Task Force on Language Access to the Courts in 2007 – 08 and served on the work group responsible for court interpreting for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Court System.

Paul has over twenty years prior experience as a lawyer and a paralegal in other CLS units, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, and the Philadelphia Law Department. He also served as a commissioner on the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, which provides civilian oversight of the Philadelphia Police Department, from 1993 to 2003. He earned a J.D. magna cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and an A.B. from Oberlin College.

Allison Miles-Lee

Allison Miles-Lee

Managing Attorney

Allison Miles-Lee is a managing attorney at Bread for the City. Allison manages to represent clients in the Domestic Relations and Parentage and Support Branches of D.C. Superior Court and supervise Bread for the City’s participation in the Child Support Project at Super Court and handle and supervise public benefits matters and lead the charge on language access in the District by holding accountable agencies that violate the D.C. Language Access Act.

Allison began her career in DC legal services doing family law. Indeed, even before joining Bread for the City as a bilingual family law attorney in 2008, she actually interned in the family unit at the Legal Aid Society. Allison added a deep knowledge in public benefits, over time becoming a local expert on immigrant eligibility for federal public benefits in the midst of working with all sorts of other public benefits issues.

Allison’s work led to a collaborative effort in which Bread joined the Washington Lawyers’ Committee and Hogan Lovells in a 2015 lawsuit against DHS for its failure to provide language services to non-English speaking consumers who lost safety net benefits as a result. One of her co-counsel credits Allison with the lawsuit’s very existence; but for her work to show that the issues were a pattern and widespread, they might have been waved away as isolated incidents. Allison’s work in language access has gone beyond just her clients. Allison has been improving the lives of DC residents for over a decade. She does the life-saving work of connecting people to healthcare, resources, and justice, while also engaging in law reform efforts that reverberate throughout the District.

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