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How do I get an interpreter?

Produced by Attorney Kendra Sena, Massachusetts Language Access Coalition
Created June 2015

If you need an interpreter, ask for one.  You can say,

“I speak ­­­­­__________. I need an interpreter.”  Or, you can show the program staff a flier in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole to ask for help. Or, use this poster to show the staff the language you speak. They should give you a free interpreter.

They must not:

  • Make you pay for an interpreter,
  • Ask you to bring your own interpreter, or
  • Send you away because you do not speak English. They must help you the same day.

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