Virtual event interpretation for MIRA’s “Immigrants’ Day”

Virtual event interpretation for MIRA’s “Immigrants’ Day”

On Thursday, May 7th CIS provided 7 interpreters to participate in “Immigrants’ Day,” a virtual event hosted by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, MIRA. The annual advocacy day was held via video this year and with the help of CIS, attendees had the option to listen live in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole.

“The interpreters were wonderful to work with and our attendees were so glad interpretation was available. It truly made our event so much more accessible” said event organizer Amira Al-Subaey, MIRA’s membership coordinator. She also commented, “As someone with monolingual family members who are so often left out of events and left to fend for themselves, I am so thankful for your work as interpreters moving us towards language justice.”

Every Spring, MIRA gathers hundreds of immigrants and refugees at the State House to hear from public officials and to advocate for legislation and budget items that are priorities to the immigrant communities. This year’s event consisted of a 45-minute speaking program, followed by 45-minute regional “roundtables” with legislators, co-hosted by MIRA member organizations.

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