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July 11, 2019   |   By The New York Community Trust
Does Anyone Here Speak Wolof? Advocates press City for job-creating translation services
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A VOICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: Khadim Niang, Civic Organizer of African Communities Together, emcees the organization’s annual World Refugee Day March and Rally in 2018. Photo by Liz Maney

More than one in four New Yorkers speaks little English, and nonprofits that serve immigrants often need interpreters and translators—particularly for clients who speak African, Asian, and indigenous Latin American languages. But the cost of translation services can be prohibitive.

With $90,000 from The Trust, African Communities Together will lead a campaign to expand the City’s translation and interpretation services. The group is proposing a model in which worker-run cooperatives offer affordable translation while providing multilingual immigrants with reliable, well-paid jobs.

“We think this is a great fit for the Alice V. and Dave H. Morris Memorial Fund, which supports efforts to improve international communication,” says Leigh Ross, The New York Community Trust’s senior program associate for Promising Futures.

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