The Community Interpreter Services (CIS) division of Catholic Charities of Boston recently had the opportunity to provide interpreter services for the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition's annual Immigrants' Day.
Each Spring, MIRA gathers hundreds of immigrants and refugees to hear from public officials and advocate for legislation and budget items that are priorities to the immigrant communities. This event typically takes place at the Massachusetts State House, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, was moved to a virtual event via Zoom.
Seven CIS interpreters participated in this virtual event using the interpretation feature of Zoom to provide attendees with the option to listen in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole.
"The interpreters were wonderful to work with and our attendees were so glad interpretation was available. It truly made our event so much more accessible," said event organizer Amira Al-Subaey of MIRA. She also commented, "As someone with monolingual family members who are so often left out of events and left to fend for themselves, I am so thankful for your work as interpreters moving us towards language justice."
For more information about Catholic Charities' CIS division, please visit their webpage by clicking here.