INTERPRETERS IN ADULT VICTIM SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES

The presence of an interpreter skilled in sexual assault cases is critical: the victim is traumatized, the court system is frightening, and encountering an unskilled or biased interpreter can be devastating to a victim. Unfortunately, most court interpreters lack training on sexual assault and domestic violence issues. Unqualified or unprofessional court interpreters can mislead both- victims and judges through personal biases or intentional and/or unintentional misinterpretations. It is essential that judges have an understanding of the critical role interpreters play in sexual assault cases.

This curriculum will teach participants how to:

  • Identify the objections to having victims’ family, friends or community members interpret in cases of sexual assault or domestic violence
  • Identify the objections to having victims’ children interpret in cases of sexual assault or domestic violence
  • Be alert to possible unethical behavior by professional interpreters in cases of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Know the resources available to enhance court interpreter service
  • Work with their AOC to improve training and certification for court interpreters
  • Aspects of the model curricula:
    • NJEP’s curriculum is available at no charge for a variety of uses: it can be utilized as the basis for in-person trainings and webinars or reviewed by individuals online.
    • The curriculum consists of:
      • A faculty manual for teachers
      • A Power Point presentation with suggested commentary
      • Exercises for participants
      • Handouts for participants
      • The curriculum can be adapted to local laws and practices 

Aspects of the model curricula:

  • NJEP’s curriculum is available at no charge for a variety of uses: it can be utilized as the basis for in-person trainings and webinars or reviewed by individuals online.
  • The curriculum consists of:
    • A faculty manual for teachers
    • A Power Point presentation with suggested commentary
    • Exercises for participants
    • Handouts for participants
    • The curriculum can be adapted to local laws and practices