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Interpreters - Trafficking Cases Skills Training

Course contents:

With the rapidly increasing global reach of human slavery and trafficking, there is a critical growing need for interpreters who have been trained in the needs and circumstances of trafficking victims in order that they neither over-react to what they hear nor "taint" the legal procedures by their own limited abilities to comprehend and communicate accurately that which is related by the victims. Additionally, the ability to neutrally relate questions from law enforcement personnel, social services workers and officials, lawyers. religious leaders, volunteer organizations, health care workers, shelter providers, and others is of paramount importance to prosecuting cases to successful conclusion. A factor of major significance in being retained to provide service may be the ability of interpreters to engage the victims in a non-charged, neutral relationship that helps facilitate trust between the victim and all the parties involved.

An excerpt from the Human Trafficking in California - Final Report of the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force - October 2007 states:

"Community organizations, law enforcement and prosecutors should develop a method to identify culturally sensitive interpreters who are trained on the unique needs of trafficking victims, and who do not know the trafficker, to assist with interviews of victims in order to build trust between victims, local NGOs and the criminal justice system."

Law enforcement professionals, legal and other service providers who retain these services cannot risk engaging interpreters who may experience "shell shock" or unknowingly communicate judgment, disdain, or disapproval of values or circumstances that may have led to the victims' being ensnared in the pernicious practice of trafficking.

Topics include: Differentiating recognition of multiple/alternative symptoms of victims of human slavery and trafficking from victims or other modes of physical, sexual or emotional violence or abuse; Orientation to organizations that force, exploit or hold hostage individuals for use in slave labor or as sex trafficking victims; Common behaviors and responses of victims of slavery and trafficking; Overcoming victims' issues of trust; Needs of law enforcement, legal and other service providers with regard to services of interpreters in trafficking cases and pitfalls to avoid.

Course deliverables:

Qualified participants will be certified as credentialed interpreters with specialized training in the area of human slavery and trafficking issues. They will also receive a combination of skills training, realistic settings and role playing to develop an ability to be response-neutral with regard to those matters that will surface during their engagement. Additionally, they will have greater competence and confidence with representatives and officials with whom they will have to interact.

Course duration:

4 Hours

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