IRC Interpreter Service
The IRC Interpreter Service provided interpreters for parent-teacher conferences last month as well as a Refugee Parent Night at a high school. For parents who speak limited English, these exciting events were great opportunities to help them connect with schools. Not only did they learn more about the U.S. school system, but they were able to connect with the teachers in new ways. Parent participation is expected in Phoenix schools, but some parents are not sure how to provide that help. Our interpreters allowed the parents to talk with teachers and get all their questions answered. We continue to grow every week and count on an excellent team of professional, trained interpreters to do our work!
We are also happy to report that our Title VI Community Forum on January 21st was a success. People came from all over the Valley (and even Tucson!) to hear our panel of four excellent speakers share critical information about how Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act works and what community organizations can do to better reach the Limited English Proficient community, including refugees. We hope to hold another event later this year as a follow-up where community members will be able to learn more about ensuring language access in their organizations. If you are interested in supporting our interpreter services, please contact Program Manager, AnaMaria Bambaren-McCall at 602.433.2440 ext. 205.