Latinos Get Legal Help with New Program

Latinos Get Legal Help with New Program

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- There's a new group in Utah that is helping the state's Latinos with the legal system -- and helping them learn English too.

The Utah Justice for All Compact is a nonprofit group of legal professionals. They've noticed that many Hispanic immigrants in Utah are having trouble getting their cases heard in small claims court. Even though they may have legitimate claims, the language barrier can cause problems.

So the nonprofit group offers the immigrants legal consultation -- plus English language instruction.

To cover its costs, the group keeps 10 percent of any court claim judgments. And they hold back 30 percent of the money until the participants finish their English instruction course.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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