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Seeking Volunteer South Asian Interpreters and Translators

January 4, 2011

SAALT is seeking help from the South Asian Community to help two legal non-profits with translation and interpretation.

ProBAR and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), two non-profit organizations that provide legal services to individuals detained in immigration detention centers in South Texas, seek volunteer interpreters fluent in English and certain South Asian languages, including Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil and Bengali, to assist in the provision of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP).
The Legal Orientation Program (LOP) consists of presentations designed to give information to non-citizen detainees about their situations, including why they are detained by immigration, information on the court process, and what options they have for relief from deportation.  A single presentation generally lasts from one to two hours and consists of an initial presentation period, followed by a question and answer session. ProBAR and TRLA provide  presentations at two adult detention centers, Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, TX, and Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, TX. Volunteer interpreters provide services over the telephone and can be based out of any location within the US.

Volunteers can also assist in document translation. We are happy to work with interpreters in finding a time that is convenient for the volunteer.
No formal training or licensure is necessary to interpret, but we require volunteer interpreters to agree to certain terms of confidentiality. Additionally, we request that new interpreters speak with a ProBAR or TRLA staff person before providing interpretation services.
For more information, please contact:
ProBAR, Abby Moyer at (956) 425-9231 or moyera@staff.abanet.org

TRLA, Lauren Joyner at (956) 393-6219 or ljoyner@trla.org

SAALT, Priya Murthy at (301) 270-1855 or priya@saalt.org.

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