Language Access Bank

Provided by: Vera Center on Victimization + Safety

Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 4:00 am – 5:30 am ChST

Legal and victim services organizations in the Washington, DC area benefit from a unique model in providing language access. The local nonprofit Ayuda applies for grant funding to run a centralized service, which handles the language access needs of more than 90 nonprofits in the area. Ayuda vets interpreters, trains interpreters in how to work in legal or victim services, contracts with the interpreters, fills the requests for in-person interpreters from the nonprofits, handles invoicing and payment, and arranges for telephonic interpretation and document translation services for free to the nonprofits. The model takes advantage of economy of scale, specialization, and collaboration. Ayuda funds its interpreters' banks with a variety of grants and other unrestricted funding.