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NCIHC AMM Language Access Café Summary: LGBTQ-Affirming Interpretation Services

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I had both the pleasure and privilege to facilitate a session of the Language Access Café at the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of the National Council on Interpreting in Healthcare. This year’s theme was Trauma, Language, and Social Justice, and I was asked if I could lead a discussion on interpreting for the LGBTQ community. It felt so appropriate and timely to center this discussion...

March Madness: presentations and many big things to come!

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March is gearing up to be a huge month for me! I will be giving a presentation to Spanish-speaking community members entitled "Know Your Rights: Language Assistance in the Medical Field" (translated from Spanish title). Furthermore, I'll be giving a lecture, "Medical Interpretation in Richmond and Special Considerations for the LGBTQ Community" (translated from Spanish title; presentation in...

Families and LGBTQ Youth Lobby Day 2020

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Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of participating in one of Equality Virginia's Crowd the Capitol events, and joined them for their Families and LGBTQ Youth lobby day.  I often interpret for Spanish-speaking LGBTQ youth and their parents, especially in mental health settings.  In the process of carrying out my role as an interpreter at different facilities, I do my best to work with providers...

Driver’s Licenses for All Lobby Day 2020

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This past Thursday, January 9, I participated in Drive Virginia Forward's lobby day for driver's licenses for all at the state capital.  At this time, undocumented Virginia residents cannot be issued a driver's license, which has a huge negative impact on their lives.  As I detailed in a previous article, many undocumented Virginians rely on raiteros for rides, who can be highly unreliable and...

“Ask a Trans Person” Discussion Panel

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Last night I attended a panel discussion presented by Equality Virginia called “Ask a Trans Person.”  As the founder of the Facebook group Queer-Friendly Interpreters and Translators, I decided I needed to go, whether it be for networking or just jotting down some notes that may answer some questions my group members may have. Whether we like it or not, as interpreters we will likely interpret...

Predatory Interpretation

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It happened to me again today. This time there was a scheduling snafu and I was assigned to one child and another interpreter was assigned to the sibling. The mother began to share with the both of us that she didn’t know it was her right to have an interpreter provided to her and her children until very recently. She expressed that she sees flyers all the time in tiendas latinas...

Medical and Mental Health Interpreting: Two Distinct Disciplines

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Mental health interpretation is not usually considered a specialty apart, but rather incorporated into medical interpreting as a whole. I believe that this isn’t a wise way to go about providing mental health interpreting services to patients, as many medical interpreters starting out are often blindsided by mental health interpreting assignments with little to no preparation. Most 40-hour...


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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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