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Foreign language services to be discussed Wednesday

Ways to improve language services to the Buffalo area’s foreign-born population, which has increased by more than 70 percent in the past decade, will be discussed in a Language Access Town Hall session from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. at East Utica Street.

Representatives from the State Attorney General’s Office will outline what they are doing to bring down language barriers and help immigrants and refugees get access to government services. Advocates for immigrants and community groups also will talk about how to provide interpreting, translating and other services.

The session is free and open to the public. Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Burmese, Arabic, Nepali, Somali and Karen. It is sponsored by the New York Immigration Coalition, the Partnership for the Public Good and the International Institute of Buffalo.