Greenspun College of Urban Affairs College Colloquia Series: Dr. Emily Troshynski


May. 3, 2017, 1pm to 2pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

GUA 5163, Dean's Conference Room


Dr. Emily Troshynski, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, will present "Lost in translation - Barriers to justice: Challenges faced by ESL/LEP applicants seeking civil service protection orders."

Civil protection orders are frequently issued as a means of protecting domestic violence victims from their abusers. However, the issuance of protective orders is dependent on multiple factors involving level of threat, perceived harm, past victim-abuser interactions, as well as the ability for an individual to articulate their victimization and apprehensions of continued threats to the court. Little research has examined factors related to language barriers faced by English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Limited English Proficiency (LEP) applicants as they access the courts for orders of protection. An analysis of structured observations of protection order hearings documents challenges faced by ESL/LEP applicants. In addition to delays and questions from the bench, the use of court-employed translators is also a barrier to access to justice.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to Greenspun College of Urban Affairs students, faculty, and staff.

Contact Information

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
Nicole Huckins

External Sponsor

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs