"We are so fortunate that you are in our team! You used your language skills to protect justice for our clients. [Your] generosity with your time, talents, and financial support truly has made all the difference."

VIT Program: 2018 Impact, Acknowledgements & Reflection

By Artemisa Valle, Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VIT) Program Coordinator


We have recently concluded an orientation session for our new Volunteer Interpreters and Translators (VIT), and this invites a moment of reflection for our work in 2018. As we look back to this year, one thing is very clear:  We are so fortunate that you are in our team! You used your language skills to provide justice for our clients. You traveled for hours to make your interpretation assignments. You spent many many hours working on your translation projects. Your generosity with your time, talents, and financial support truly has made all the difference.

So far this year and with your support:


  1. ​​​220 clients were given access to justice through multiple interpretation sessions and multiple document translations for each.
  2. 55 language volunteers participated in training at the initial volunteer sessions, at a refresher session, or as one-on-one personal instruction.
  3. 40 new volunteers were added to language services support. The languages include Spanish, Uzbek, Russian, French, Farsi, Mixteco, Italian, Tigrinya, Tagalog, German, and Urdu.
  4. 2,700 hours of language support (and still counting!) were provided to Casa Cornelia Law Center clients through in-person, telephonic, video, or relay interpretations and through identity, personal statements, technical reports, and country conditions translations. 

In addition, a warm welcome is in order to our latest VITs who came in on a Saturday morning to complete their last step in their preparation process to assist Casa Cornelia clients:

Natalia Gottschalk (Spanish)
Giovanna Luevano (Spanish)
Perla Shteremberg (Spanish)
Luisa Alonso (Spanish)
Haida Mojdehi (Farsi)
Soraya Bolandgray (Farsi)
Priya Kalyan-Masih (Spanish, Urdu, Hindi)
Breanna McHugh (Spanish, French)
Lola Sharapova (Uzbek, Russian)


With heartfelt gratitude,

Artemisa Valle, VIT Program Coordinator

Alice Bendinelli, VIT Project Assistant