Lives in Translation
Volunteer legal interpretation and translation program
About Lives in Translation
The Lives in Translation Project was created in 2016 by a group of Rutgers University-Newark(RU-N) faculty from Arts and Sciences and the Law School with a Seed Grant from the Chancellor’s Office. As part of this program, Project Manager Anna Dichter and Faculty Supervisor Jennifer Austin developed the Language Access Program (LAP). LAP provides interpreting and translation services to limited-English proficient clients throughout the region by recruiting and training Rutgers undergraduate students to interpret and translate for Rutgers Law School Clinics and local nonprofits located in New Jersey and New York.
LAP offers undergraduate internships in translation/interpretation serving the Legal Clinics at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark and other sites in the community. Interns participate in weekly training and receive academic credit for their work throughout the semester.
Additionally, LAP created a database of volunteers who are willing to serve as translators/interpreters in the community (so far, there are over 450 students who speak 48 different languages).
As part of the Lives in Translation initiative, RU-N is starting a new minor in Translation/ Interpretation and a certificate program in Translation/ Interpretation.