Interested Law Firms

Washington, DC, is the proud home to an active pro bono community among private law firms. Some of the pro bono work involves working with limited-English proficient and Deaf/Hard of Hearing clients.

Many law firms turn to Ayuda’s Community Legal Interpreter Bank to meet their need for interpretation on pro bono matters since our interpreter bank consists of top-notch interpreters, who collectively speak 35 different languages.

We hire only trained interpreters. What does this mean for the firms who use them? It means these firms enjoy the assurance of knowing that our interpreters have all:

  • Completed at least 40 hours of foundation training in interpretation.
  • Received specialized training in working with lawyers (including training in the attorney/client privilege, the unauthorized practice of law, and confidentiality).
  • Signed confidentiality agreements for the work done through the interpreter bank.

In addition to providing interpretation expertise, we also handle all of the scheduling and billing for the assignments.

Interested Firms

If you have never used the services of the Community Legal Interpreter Bank and would like to, please contact us at  [email protected]. We are happy to:

1. Arrange a meeting with you to answer any questions that you might have.

2. Share with you the fee schedule for using our bank.

3. Provide you with a copy of the manual that we use to train interpreters on how to work with lawyers in and out of court settings.

4. Refer you to other law firms that use our bank.

To receive more information, please contact us

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Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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