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Why do you use the term “hispanic”?

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There has been an ongoing debate for years as to which term to use: hispanic, latino, or in recent years, latinx or latine. I believe this debate largely misses an important point, and that is how people self-identify. By and large the patients I interpret for refer to themselves as “hispano” or “hispana,” which corresponds with the English equivalent “hispanic.”Β  Generally speaking, I prefer to use the term “Spanish-speaking,” as the terms people use can vary greatly on an individual-by-individual basis, but I may use the term “hispanic” to refer to how the folks I interpret for self-identify.

If I ever use a term for you that you does not represent your identity, please let me know!

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Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

Kelly is a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI-Spanish) through the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). She works as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter and also specializes in mental health interpretation.

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KGH Interpretation Spanish-English Medical & Mental Health Interpretation

Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

I am a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI-Spanish) through the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). I work as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter. I also specialize in mental health interpretation. Click here to read more about me.

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