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Let's Talk access for non-English language speakers


Let's Talk New Mexico 2/10 8am: New Mexico has welcomed numerous immigrants and refugees over the years, and we have a diverse Indigenous population. But those who speak languages other than English face inequitiesin accessing state agencies and services, including health care and legal services.

On the next Let’s Talk New Mexico we’ll hear about some of these challenges and efforts to fix them in the current legislative session, and we want to hear from you. Have you faced issues getting critical information because of language barriers? What changes need to happen to ensure all communities can get services? Email us at LetsTalk@kunm.org or call in live, Thursday morning at 8 on KUNM at (505) 277-5866

Rep. Kay Bounkeua (D), sponsor of HB22, and long-time advocate of language access in New Mexico
Sachi Watase, executive director of the New Mexico Asian Family Center, and a supporter of HB22
Verenice Peregrino Pompa, attorney for public benefits at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
Mohammed Alkwaz, translator and interpreter for United Voices for Newcomer Rights

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Yasmin Khan covers worker's rights in New Mexico, with a focus on Spanish-speaking residents. She is finishing her Ph.D. in human geography and women & gender studies at the University of Toronto where she studies refugee and humanitarian aid dynamics in Bangladesh. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from UNM. Yasmin was director of The Americas Program, an online U.S. foreign policy magazine based in Mexico City, and was a freelance journalist in Bolivia. She covered culture, immigration, and higher education for the Santa Fe New Mexican and city news for the Albuquerque Journal.