Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-15-2017

First Advisor

Ginger Thompson

Second Advisor

Cristina Maldonado

Subject Concentration

Spanish Language

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

The murder of Deisy Garcia and her children in 2014 caused an uproar in the community and leaving many demanding for a change in the language problem between police officers and non-English residents. However, the City’s many attempts have left many unsatisfied with the results. Through research in New York City documents, precincts, court cases and riding along with the police in Staten Island we were able to showcase that although some police officers are using interpreting services to better help the community, others are choosing to not use them. With cases like Brenda Martinez, a transgender woman who is a victim of a hate crime that occurred in Queens. When she reported her case, the police did not offer translation, and her case is still pending.

Link to the project: https://sehablaespanol.atavist.com/se-habla-espaol

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Brenda Martínez at the 110 Precinct in Queens, where she reported she was attacked by a man

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Brenda Martínez at the 110 Precinct in Queens, where she reported she was attacked by a man

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Police 115 Precinct

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