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Overview of KCC 2.15:

On February 26, 2018, the Metropolitan King County Council adopted ordinance 18665 to ensure that King County’s data and limited resources are not used to assist with the Federal Government’s deportation agenda. The ordinance, which was codified as KCC § 2.15, to protect our residents and enhance community trust. As such, it outlines requirements for how county departments and separately elected agencies are to service immigrants and refugees, including the provision of language access services. All executive branch departments and separately elected agencies are expected to comply with this section of the code.

To ensure full compliance with the code, including many complicated and technical implications, the Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) has created a toolkit of guidance and resource documents. In addition, OESJ will review and assess departments’ and agency plans.

Language and Communication Guidance and Resources for County Employees:

    ❏ Language Access Requirements
❏ 2021 Written Translation Manual
❏ 2021 Top Tier Languages
❏ Top 10 Languages Dashboard
❏ Top 6 Language Maps
Translator and Interpreter Directory 

 

For more information regarding
KCC 2.15, please contact:

Hamdi Mohamed
Policy Advisor

Office of Equity and Social Justice
King County Executive Office
401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
hamdi.mohamed@kingcounty.gov
206.263.3434

Senayet Negusse
Language Equity Program Manager

Office of Equity and Social Justice
King County Executive Office
401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
snegusse@kingcounty.gov
206.580.8013

 

Cheryse Ishii
Immigration and Language
Access Coordinator 

Office of Equity and Social Justice
King County Executive Office
401 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
cishii@kingcounty.gov
206.477.6608