Taipei-The Legal Aid Foundation launched an interpreter service program at the beginning of this month for foreign nationals from Southeast Asia who do not speak Chinese and require legal assistance in Taiwan.
According to a press statement released Thursday, the foundation now offers interpreter services for the official languages of seven Southeast Asian nations -- Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malay, Thai, Filipino, Burmese and Khmer (the official language of Cambodia).
The service, launched Jan. 1, is intended to facilitate the process through which Southeast Asian nationals in Taiwan can apply for the Legal Aid Foundation's help, and provides interpreters who will be by the applicant's side during the application and review process.
The first 76 interpreters were recruited and trained in the latter half of last year, the foundation said.
Data from the foundation indicates that there has been an increase in the number of foreigners applying for legal aid in the past few years.
While the number of such cases was 1,338 in 2015, the number rose to 1,978 in 2016 and 2,085 for the first 10 months of 2017, according to an official from the foundation.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council