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EOIR experiments with providing pre-recorded rights advisals at master calendar hearings

  1. Date Announced

    July 3, 2019

    EOIR experiments with using pre-recorded rights advisals at respondents' first court hearing, in lieu of having advisals provided by the IJ and translated by a court interpreter.

    [ID #210]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    September 5, 2019

    EOIR begins replacing interpreters at master calendar hearings with prerecorded video advisals. The videos have been rolled out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

    SF Chronicle: Confusion, delays as videos replace interpreters at immigrants’ hearings
  4. Subsequent Action

    June 9, 2020

    The DOJ OIG released an audit of EOIR's financial management practices, identifying “weaknesses in EOIR's budget planning process regarding its ability to track and forecast rising interpreter contract costs, which adversely affected EOIR’s budgeting of other financial resource needs.”

    Audit of the EOIR’s Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Management Practices
  5. Subsequent Action

    June 9, 2020

    SF Chronicle reports that after a rocky rollout of the videos in courts in four cities, the Justice Department abandoned plans to expand the videos nationwide and their use is fading out.

    Trump officials cut immigration court interpreters after misstating costs, report finds

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SF Chronicle: Trump administration ending in-person interpreters at immigrants’ first hearings

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