In the District of Columbia, all government agencies are required to provide customers who speak limited or no English with free interpretation services in any language. Written information, notices and other materials must also be translated for populations frequently served by those agencies. The largest language minority populations in the District at this time speak Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish or Vietnamese. In order to ensure that any limited English or non-English speaking resident receives equal access to services, the DC Office of Human Rights Language Access program provides "I Speak" Cards that direct government employees to provide such assistance. OHR encourages those who speak limited or no English to obtain the appropriate card for their language and carry it with them.
The cards are available by download or by visiting our Office at 441 4th Street NW, Suite 570N. Language-specific cards are also available at the: Office on African Affairs (Amharic/አማርኛ & French/Français), Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (Chinese/中文, Korean/한국어 & Vietnamese/tiếng Việt) and Office on Latino Affairs (Spanish/Español).
Learn more about our Language Access Program.
Download & Print Your "I Speak" Card
አማርኛ / AmharicDownload PDF
中文 / ChineseDownload PDF
Français / FrenchDownload PDF
한국어 / KoreanDownload PDF
Español / SpanishDownload PDF
tiếng Việt / VietnameseDownload PDF
**When printing out the "I Speak" cards, make sure your printer is set to print the cards at their actual size (not "fit to page").