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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.

If you would like to donate to support us in our work with immigrants and refugees as they seek safety at our southern border and here in New York, please visit this link.

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Volunteers needed through 12/31/2019

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