Title

"City" piece evaluating Portland's progress in establishing access to city and f

Authors

Connie Pacillo

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

8-20-1998

Pages

8-9, 16

Abstract

"City" piece evaluating Portland's progress in establishing access to city and federal services for non-English speaking residents. This year the city hired Mutima Peter, a local pastor and former refugee, who speaks 11 languages, as a social worker in the social services department. Portland still has plans to staff a multilingual department in City Hall and is training refugees to translate signs for the building. For now, those who need help with translation use city services through AT&T's Language Line, which is actually designed to handle emergencies. Improvements in multilingual programs have been delayed by more than a year, but city officials say they are making a good faith effort to accommodate ethnic minorities. With related editorial.

Subjects

Immigrants in Portland, Language and languages, Mutima Peter

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