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AshaKiran offers free trauma interpreting training

AshaKiran offers assistance in over 45 languages to individuals from multicultural backgrounds who are experiencing crises.

ALABAMA, USA — AshaKiran, Inc. is preparing to launch their annual training, Culturally Sensitive Trauma Informed Interpreting.

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The free program is designed for fully fluent bilingual or multilingual individuals who want to become professional interpreters in Alabama and help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other trauma. 

The program begins on April 28 and runs through May 26. It is comprised of five online sessions and a two-day in-person workshop in central Alabama. 

The course is designed to teach:

  • interpreter ethics
  • mode and types of interpreting
  • memorization and notetaking skills
  • working as an interpreter in legal, medical and community service settings

Upon completion of this training, participants will be eligible to contract with AshaKiran for paid interpreting assignments throughout the state of Alabama. 

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“We are excited to offer this opportunity for professional advancement to people across Alabama,” said Erin Bortel, Executive Director of AshaKiran. “Skilled interpreting for victim services is a crucial need in our state. This training will prepare interpreters to help survivors of trauma navigate complex systems. Trauma informed interpreters have the privilege and duty of allowing a survivor’s voice to be heard. This is lifesaving work, worthy of our attention and resources.” 

You can find more information on the training and how to apply here.


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