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New Pittsburgh multicultural unit to translate 5 languages for immigrants

Bob Bauder
| Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto as seen in July 2015
James Knox | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto as seen in July 2015

Pittsburgh will translate messaging from its public safety departments into Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili as part of an effort to ensure that immigrants and refugees can access city services.

The city, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments, is creating a “multicultural unit” made up of Mayor's Office staff members and public safety officials.

The group will translate written material from police, firefighters and paramedics into the five languages, host educational events for immigrants and refugees and provide multicultural training for public safety recruits.

Public safety staffers will produce “Watch and Learn” videos explaining basic laws and protocol in various languages.

Programming will include events such as “Know Your Rights Sessions” and an immigrant and refugee public safety academy.

Multicultural training will be included in classes for public safety recruits.

The multicultural unit was a recommendation from Mayor Bill Peduto's Welcoming Pittsburgh plan released in 2014.

Bob Bauder is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-765-2312, or via Twitter @bobbauder.

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