Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

Your Rights: Government Services

You always have the right to an interpreter from the DC government. Many times, you also have the right to get documents from the DC government in your language. You might need many things from the DC government, including:

  • A driver’s license
  • Food stamps
  • Medical insurance
  • An inspection of your apartment
  • Housing voucher or public housing

If the DC government is not communicating with you in your language, seek help from the DC Office of Human Rights. If that does not work, call Ayuda at (202) 243-7317 or write to interpreterbank@ayuda.com.

DC Court

If you have to go to court in DC, and you want an interpreter, request one. The court should provide you with one. Please contact the court in advance to let the court know that you need an interpreter. Send an e-mail to: interpreters@dcsc.gov.

Learn more: DC Courts

Your Rights: Legal Assistance

There are many lawyers in the Washington, DC, area who provide free help to low-income individuals. Most of these lawyers will use an interpreter to work with you, no matter what language you speak.

If you try to get help from a lawyer in Washington, DC, or Montgomery County, MD, and the lawyer does not use an interpreter to work with you, contact Ayuda at (202) 243-7317 or interpreterbank@ayuda.com. We might be able to help you get an interpreter for free.

Your Rights: Social Services for Victims of Crime

If you were the victim of a crime in the past, there are many therapists, social workers, and nurses in the Washington, DC, area who can provide free help to you. Most of these professionals will use an interpreter to work with you, no matter what language you speak.

If you are a victim of crime seeking help and you are working with someone in Washington, DC, who does not use an interpreter, contact Ayuda at (202) 243-7317 or interpreterbank@ayuda.com. We might be able to help you get an interpreter for free.

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