Immigration Justice Campaign is an initiative of American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and American Immigration Representation Project.

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Interpretation And Translation

Interpreters and translators are vital to immigration cases. Interpreters translate speech, and translators translate written documents. An attorney may need the help of one or both.

Prior training and/or certifications are not required to volunteer as an interpreter or translator with the Immigration Justice Campaign, we require only a letter of recommendation. The materials below provide practical guidance for volunteer interpreters and translators.


Volunteering as an Interpreter or Translator with the Campaign


Practice
Guide

Working as a Volunteer Translator

Immigration Justice Campaign
A brief guide on what to expect if you volunteer as a translator with the Campaign

Practice
Guide

Working as a Volunteer Interpreter

Immigration Justice Campaign
A brief guide on what to expect if you volunteer as an interpreter with the Campaign

Immigration Court Basics for Interpreters and Translators


Practice
Guide

Glossary of Immigration Terms

Immigration Justice Campaign

Webinar
62 Min.

Webinar: Immigration Court Basics for Interpreters and Translators

Immigration Justice Campaign
Recorded webinar explaining the basics of the border, asylum, immigration detention, and immigration court.

Best Practices in Interpretation


Webinar
44 Min.

Webinar: Interpretation - Best Practices

Immigration Justice Campaign
Watch this recorded training on Best Practices in Interpretation hosted by Certified Medical Interpreter and Professor of Modern Languages, Robin Ragan. This training covers a variety of topics including modes of interpretation, challenges of interpretation, roles of interpreters, and more.

Webinar
5 Min.

Webinar: Working with Interpreters

Legal Services of New Jersey
Demonstration of techniques that attorneys and interpreters can use to work together most effectively

Webinar
9 Min.

Webinar: Interpreter Training (Part 1)

Clarity Interpreting
Practical guidance on techniques for effective interpretation.

Webinar
7 Min.

Webinar: Interpreter Training (Part 2)

Clarity Interpreting
A continuation of the previous training video.

Required Document for Translators


Link

Certificate of Translation

Executive Office of Immigration Review
Translators must fill out and sign this certificate to accompany every document they translate in an immigration case

Additional Resources


Webinar
60 Min.

Webinar: Best Practices for Working with Survivors of Trauma

Immigration Justice Campaign
Watch the recording of this Immigration Justice Campaign training with social worker Aimee Miller on best practices for working with survivors of trauma