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Immigrant & Refugee Services
Families, Immigrants, Refugees or Ethnic Groups

Minimum Age:18+

Interpretation Assistance at Asylum Interviews for Unaccompanied Minors

We need volunteers who are able to interpret at asylum interviews for unaccompanied youth (ages 5-18+, primarily from Central America).
We are looking for individuals who are:

  • fluent in English and Spanish, and/or Central or South American indigenous languages (e.g.  K'iche', Kaqchikel, Achi, Mam, Chorti, and Quechua/Kichwa)
  • must be available Monday - Friday during regular business hours (9am – 5pm) and asylum  interview hours (7am – 5pm)
  • able to travel to the asylum offices in Lyndhurst, NJ and/or Bethpage, NY
  • punctual and reliable (tardiness can have a negative impact on the client’s case)
  • comfortable hearing traumatic stories from children
  • able to maintain strict confidentiality
  • able and willing to take background check
  • have a flexible schedule
No interpretation experience necessary, but:
  • must be available to complete a training on asylum interpretation
  • must feel comfortable with consecutive interpretation and sight translation

Additional Information:

Interviews are usually scheduled two weeks in advance.  You should have a flexible schedule to attend a pre-asylum meeting and the asylum interview.  Asylum interviews are scheduled between 7am – 10am and may last 1 to 3 hours, plus commute time. The interpreter is expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to the interview time and may have to wait several hours before a client is called in for their interview - you will need to reserve the entire day for the interpretation. The volunteer may be asked to interpret twice a month.
If you are a student and would like to receive internship credit, please indicate that in your response.

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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2020

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