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Language Access

We provide services in 41 languages, including:

  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Burmese
  • Cantonese
  • Chao-Shou
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Hokkien
  • Illocano
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Javanese
  • Kannada
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Mandarin
  • Malay
  • Mon
  • Mongolian
  • Nepali
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Shanghainese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Taiwanese
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Tibetan
  • Toisanese
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • Yeo Chieu

This extensive support is made possible by our nationally recognized Multi-Lingual Access Model (MLAM) Program.  AWS recruits bilingual, bicultural women from un-served and underserved communities to become paid language advocates (MLAMs) and facilitate critical services for our clients.  Serving as a communication bridge between advocates and residents, they provide emotional support for residents and accompany them to important meetings, such as immigration or medical appointments, court hearings, and legal proceedings.  We also provide training to help other organizations across the country replicate this program.

Additionally, AWS is lead agency for San Francisco's city-wide MLAM program, providing services to seven anti-violence agencies including Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO), Brennan House, Clara House, Gum Moon Women's Residence, Narika, Rosalie House and WOMAN, Inc.