Collaborating for Equitable Language Access for Survivors of Sexual Violence: (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.

Presented by: Ana Paula Noquez Mercado LLM, MA, LLB, Flor Castellanos Sanchez BA, MA, Angelita Olowu BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Hannah Chin

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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