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LLAC Monthly Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 11:30a - 12:30p.

Meetings alternate with an in person meeting held bi-monthly at Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115 and a conference call on the alternating months (Conference Call Number:(774) 220 - 4000; ID:  70115#). These meeting are open to any organization, agency or community member interested in participating on Language Access advocacy in Louisiana.


LLAC Conference 2016: Access to Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services to Achieve Equity                                         

New Orleans, LA - July 21, 2016, 8:30a - 4:00p

Conference Location:

LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans 

Medical Education Building

1901 Perdido Street

New Orleans, LA 70112


To view the FINAL conference schedule click here

The Louisiana Language Access Coalition will hold its Biennial Conference 2016: Access to Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services to Achieve Equity, July 21, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. We hope to see you at this important conference. 

The conference will offer three tracks in justice, education, and healthcare. Each track will provide specialties and dedicated or specific topics for advocates, community members, service & healthcare providers, educators, administrators, policy makers and interpreters/translators.

 Registration is required and a dedicated commitment to participating in the full scheduled time. We will provide continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

 IRegistration for this conference is now CLOSED. If you have any questions regarding this conference please contact us by email to languageaccessla@gmail.com

Past Events


Katrina Commemorative LLAC & LF Meetings
Latino Forum Meeting to be held Friday, August 14, 2015, 9a - 10:30a, at the New Orleans Children’s Health Project, TU SPHTM,1440 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Louisiana Language Access Coalition Meeting to be held Thursday, August 17, 2015, 11:00a - 12:30p, at Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

UAC (Unaccompanied Child) Working Group
The UAC Working Group is coalition of service providers and advocates from the Latino Forum, Pro-Bono Project and Catholic Charities organizing and coordinating services for foreign national children who have recently arrived in the United States. We invite anyone who is working already on this issues in any area as well as those interested in working on this issue. The UAC Working Group consist of four different sub-groups and participants can expect to be involved in some email discussions and to meet as a group at the upcoming Latino Forum meeting on August 14, 2015, 9a - 10:30a, to be held at the New Orleans Children’s Health Project, TU SPHTM.
Medical – Daesy Behrhorst, Oscar Salinas
Mental Health and Child Services – Alejandra Salinas
Legal – Kathleen Gasparian (chair)
Education – Jennifer Coco (chair)

If you are interested in joining the UAC Working Group or Sub-Group please contact the Karla Sikaffy duPlantier to latino.forum.nola@gmail.com 
Catholic Charities Unaccompanied Children Service Providers Workshop
To be held and hosted by Catholic Charities, UAC Working Group & Latino Forum of New Orleans -Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, from 1-4:30pm.  This workshop will be held at San Martin Hall (behind the offices for Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services Office) at 2505 Maine Avenue, Metairie, LA 70003. This meeting's goals are to address; Inclusion – To bring everyone to the table for a conversation with all relevant stakeholders across sectors/social service areas, where everyone’s voice can be heard; Resource Mapping - To verify and finalize the work that many have started to consolidate an updated resource list of social service providers working with unaccompanied children (organized by sector, and complete with information on eligibility requirements, language capacity, and cost of services, etc); Coordination & Action - To choose as a community our top priorities to meet the needs of unaccompanied children, and set up a framework for ongoing collaboration and accountability for our goals.

Stakeholders  welcoming from the following sectors are asked to register for the Workshop:

  •  Mental Health & Psychosocial support (counseling, peer/family/community support, substance abuse, DV etc.)
  •  Health, Special needs, & Disabilities
  • Education & After school programming, youth empowerment & mentorship
  • Law enforcement/Security, (DV, disciplinary issues, criminal/delinquency issues, relationship with law enforcement/government)
  • Access to social/public services (public assistance, transit, food banks, community integration, housing/shelter, etc.)
  • Community organizing & education
  • Advocacy & Legal support (non-immigration)—to join each table (i.e. legal education, school disciplinary hearings, impact litigation, immigrant rights, etc.)

To  register online click here or copy-paste this link into your browser: http://goo.gl/forms/bTc317ev9B  For more information or for assistance in registering contact Nellie Catzen at pcatzen@ccano.org  directly.  

Louisiana Court Interpreter Certification Exam & Skills Class - October 8-9, 2015
Class will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday and Friday, October 8 & 9, 2015 at the Supreme Court building at 400 Royal Street in New Orleans.   The cost per person is $200.00 and class is limited to 20 participants on a first come first served basis.  You are responsible for your own parking and lunch.  In addition to the cafeteria in the court building, there are a number of restaurants very close to the court.  Parking is between $10 - $18 per day depending on where you park. 

Spanish Skills class (optional): $200 plus lunch and parking; October 8 & 9, 2015
Oral Certification Exam: $250 per person; early 2016; exact dates to be determined. 

To register or for any further questions call  225-382-3182 or conact. Debbie Daigle directly for questions at 225-382-3181. This course is offered by the Louisiana Supreme  Court program.