The use of children as interpreters during law enforcement interactions is especially problematic, particularly when the life, safety or well-being of a loved one may be at risk, is an enormous responsibility that can generate feelings of anxiety and stress. The use of certified or qualified interpreters and certified bilingual officers is considered a best practice for language access provision.

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Working with Interpreters, 2010

Legal Services of New Jersey is a non-profit organization that oversees the coordination of six regional Legal Services programs. Their mission is to provide representation and advice to low-income New Jersey residents in civil legal cases. In this video, you will learn some basic tips that will allow you to communicate effectively and easily through an interpreter with a person who doesn’t speak your language.

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