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OEOP - Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

Section 602 of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d states that "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." This law was established to ensure that persons who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English be afforded meaningful access to programs, services and/or activities and information provided by any entity receiving federal financial assistance.

On August 11, 2000, Executive Order 13166 "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency" was issued to extend the requirements under Title VI to all federal agencies, programs, and activities. Executive Order 13166 also requires all federal agencies that provide financial assistance to non-federal entities to publish guidance on Title VI compliance.

The City of Tucson is committed to ensuring that it complies with the provisions set forth by Title VI and Executive Order 13166 within the City's level of authority. Each City facility has a designated LEP Liaison to assist members of the community with ensuring meaningful access to its department’s programs, services/activities. The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is responsible for monitoring the City’s LEP compliance efforts.

If you feel that you have not been provided meaningful access to any City program, service/activity, contact (520) 791-4593.