Interpreters and Language in Refugee Settings

Resource Person: Tamber Hilton

Email: tamber [dot] a [dot] hiltonatgmail [dot] com

Tamber Hilton is a licensed lead trainer for The Community Interpreter, an interpreter training curriculum developed in the U.S. by Cross Cultural Communications, LLC. From 2005-2009, she worked as a freelance Spanish interpreter in US medical, social services and immigration settings. From 2011-2014, she was employed in the role of Interpreter Services Specialist at the US Resettlement Support Center operated by the International Rescue Committee in Bangkok, Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she provided training and technical advice to interpreters and staff from the IRC, the UNHCR, and IOM. Following that, she worked for six months as a Legal Advocate at Asylum Access Thailand, where she worked through interpreters to provide legal advice to urban refugees and asylum seekers engaged in the UNHCR refugee status determination and resettlement processes. Currently, she is based in Tucson, Arizona, as a program manager at a resettlement agency charged with receiving refugees resettled by the U.S. government. Tamber is passionate about promoting high standards in interpretation to ensure meaningful access for refugees and asylum seekers to international protection and durable solutions.

Introduction

Language interpretation is an essential component link between refugee and organizations providing legal and other types of assistance. Miscommunication can have devastating outcomes, from incorrect decisions in refugee status determination to misdiagnoses in health care treatments. Interpreters require training, language resources, and support to perform their task professionally, and to avoid unintended harm from misinterpretation or breaches of ethical boundaries in confidentiality and neutrality.

Interpreters and Translators

List of organisations and companies that provide interpretation and translation services 

Interpreter Training 

List of online training resources and interpreter training courses offered around the world

Resources

Glossaries, codes of ethics, and other resources for interpreters and service providers.

Language Analysis

Information on Language analysis for the determination of origin.

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