Torture experiences are often referred to as being "too much for words" or "inexpressible." The atrocities and the lingering effects are beyond the scope of the common vocabulary.
"Through interpretation I play my small role in relieving the intense distress of survivors of torture. I cannot grasp the motives for torture, but I can summon my experiences to help heal the effects of it." - Turkish language interpreter
SURVIVORS’ clients come to us from all over the geographic and linguistic map. They speak Acholi, Amharic, Chaldean (Aramaic), Dinka, Khmer, French, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and many other languages. Many survivors speak two, three, even four languages fluently, but they need the skills of a trained and compassionate interpreter to lend them a voice in English.
Word by word, story by story, our interpreters, clinicians, doctors, and staff are together re-building the hope and re-creating the community that survivors and their families need to feel whole and healed. Our interpreters allow the "unspeakable" to become a narrative, and that narrative to become a force against torture.
More than 45 languages are represented in SURVIVORS’ interpreter network. If you are interested in becoming an interpreter for SURVIVORS, please respond to this posting and we will let you know the next steps.
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- Cross-cultural Communication
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Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- flexible/up to you between 8 am - 5 pm (Mon - Fri)
- health/medical language competency, certification of language efficiency