It is the interpreter’s job to help you communicate with the program. Interpreters are professionals. They speak both your language and English fluently.
An interpreter’s job is to:
- tell you what program staff say to you;
- tell the program staff what you are saying;
- tell you the questions that program forms ask;
- translate your words into English on the forms.
An interpreter cannot:
- add anything, change anything or leave anything out of what you or staff say;
- accept any money or gifts from you;
- have personal conversations with you;
- share any information about your case with anyone else;
- take sides or give you his or her opinions about your case.