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.