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Collaborating for Equitable Language Access for Survivors of Sexual Violence
July 22, 2021

(1) Interpreter Services for Forensic Clients

Providing equitable language access to individuals who have limited proficiency in English and have experienced sexual violence and abuse is not prioritized in the response to survivors and their families. This leads to deficient communication, providers or interpreters overstepping professional boundaries, lack or diminished access to appropriate care, healing, and unequal access to justice. In this 4-part webinar series, the International Association of Forensic Nurses has partnered with the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and Forensic Interviewer Hannah Chin to enhance the collaboration between spoken language interpreters and the agencies that provide services in response to sexual violence. In Part 1, the presenters will explore the importance of language access and how it applies when working with survivors of sexual violence. They will discuss Ethical and Guiding Principles that will support both interpreters and service providers working with this population to foster effective communication and meaningful access.

July 29, 2021

(2) A Healing-Centered Approach to Interpreter Services for Forensic C

The training provided to interpreters typically does not encompass a survivor-centered analysis, nor the tools to interpret effectively for survivors of sexual violence who have limited proficiency in English. In Part 2 of the series, we will explore the concept of trauma and its impact when interpreting for sexual assault survivors. The presenters will highlight practices that will support survivors through their healing and justice-seeking process and interpreters through their work with survivors developing awareness on vicarious trauma and self-care, promoting a healing-centered interpreting framework.
Jul 29, 2021 12:00 PM
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