Civil rights group sues Harris Co. over interpreters

June 15, 2010 3:14:14 PM PDT
A civil rights group has sued Harris County, accusing the county of not providing interpreters. The Texas Civil Rights Project filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court on behalf of a survivor of domestic violence. The project claims the county does not provide interpreters in civil cases, and this places an undue financial burden and danger on their client.

"Our client has paid over one thousand dollars for interpreters in her ongoing legal battle over her ex-fiancé. She's been going to court to get a protective order, a custody agreement and to get child support," said Abby Frank with the Texas Civil Rights Project.

The county attorney's office told us it has not been served with the suit, but does say the county provides interpreters in civil and criminal cases. The office also said it will find out how much the county paid for interpreters in the past year.


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