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Word of Mouth - August 2019


Thank you, Halle! We said goodbye to our wonderful intern Halle last month and we are so grateful for all of her work, her spirit and the invaluable contributions she made to our work. We miss you already, Halle!

Now Accepting Applications! We are accepting Partner Org. applications for our Spring 2020 Language Access Project cohort, which runs from January - April 2020. Contact

Founders Hat. Big thanks and a shout out to Ascender for accepting Global Wordsmiths (along with Honeycomb Credit, Assemble and Panacea.Ag) into its inaugural Founders Hat program, facilitated by the wonderful Craig Markowitz.

Happy summer,

Mary Jayne



Much is found in translation. There’s the extraordinary pleasure of having readers in languages I don’t know. But there’s also the way translation makes visible some new aspect of the original text, some influence I didn’t realize it had absorbed.



Trump administration ending in-person interpreters at immigrants’ first hearings


Interpreter Resources:

Interview with Tony Rosado with some great tips about how to achieve success as an interpreter In July’s episode of the ATA SPD Podcast.


Provider Resources:

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Healthcare


Client Spotlight: JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services

JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services has worked with thousands of individuals and families over the years, helping them create new lives in our community after escaping unimaginable circumstances. From resettling newly-arriving refugees to connecting people with critical resources for acclimating to live in our country, JFCS is with it’s clients through every step of their journey. JFCS provides essential, immediate and longer term assistance, including but not limited to airport pick-up, referrals to human services benefits, set-up of medical appointments, paperwork, ESL class referrals, peer group guidance and transportation issues.



Maori language, once shunned, is having a renaissance in New Zealand



PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition Community Navigator Training

PRYSE Academy Final Showcase!

African Diversity Awards

Japanese Street Food

Global Pittsburgh First Thursdays

Afro Yaqui “Mirror Butterfly” CD Release Party

Polish Heritage Day at Kennywood!

Human Rights & Pittsburgh's Immigrant Communities Today

Over the Border, Under the Bridge Potluck

Cimarrón w/ Gavas Beat and DJ Pandemic

Queer, Jewish

Bloomfield Little Italy Days

2019 LCLAA National Conference

Mariachi Internacional

Statewide Immigrant and Refugee Youth Leadership Convening

East Pittsburgh Greek Festival

Ladies Night: Samba! (A collaboration with Poverty Stoplight PA)

Whose intelligence is it, anyway?

Tarifa Salem Master Class: Ibrahim (Bobby) Farrah Style

Los Frenéticos

Trio Nova

Play 4 Purpose Soccer Tournament

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