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"I Speak" Cards for Language Assistance

In the District of Columbia, all government agencies are required to provide customers who speak limited or no English with free interpretation services in any language. Written information, notices and other materials must also be translated for populations frequently served by those agencies. The largest language minority populations in the District at this time speak Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese. In order to ensure that any limited English or non-English speaking resident receives equal access to services, the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) Language Access program provides "I Speak" Cards that direct government employees to provide such assistance. OHR encourages those who speak limited or no English to obtain the appropriate card for their language and carry it with them.

Amharic and French cards are available by downloading and printing them below, or by visiting our office at 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 North, Washington DC 20009. 


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I Speak Amharic Card I Speak French Card