Challenges of a Community Interpreter Program

There are two main challenges and considerations presented by the fact that in the Community Interpreter Model, the interpreters are also clients and refugees themselves. The first consideration is that during the interpretation process, there is a high risk of being re-exposed to trauma. This section will explore this challenge and also present some possible solutions. The second consideration is that as refugees themselves, the interpreters are embedded in the refugee community. They commonly live in the same buildings and same neighborhoods as they people for whom they are interpreting. This presents various challenges to protecting confidentiality.