As COVID-19 cases surge and exacerbate existing health disparities, and economic instability threatens the lives and livelihoods of women and immigrants – the need Found in Translation is greater than ever. Fuel the work of 2021 today by giving a year-end gift, and help us meet our goal of raising $2021 by December 31st. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank…Read More
Maria Vertkin reflects on language access as a panelist at the State of Asian Women’s Health in MA Conference
On Thursday, November 12th, Maria Vertkin served as a panelist on Asian Women for Health 8th annual State of Asian Women’s Health in Massachusetts Conference. The topic of the conference was “Trust in the Time of COVID: Best Practices for Culturally Responsive Care and Support.” Maria was invited to speak on a panel reacting to…Read More
Dear friends, No single year has thrown as many challenges at us as 2020. Amid the grief of twin pandemics—centuries-old racism and the novel coronavirus—we are swimming upstream. But earlier this month, the result of the presidential election infused me with new hope. For the past four years, the outgoing administration has targeted immigrant communities…Read More
Dear Found in Translation community, We hope you and your families are doing well amidst the challenges of this year. Our team would like to extend our immense gratitude for your generous support of our endeavors to transition our medical interpreter training from an in-person to an online model, and to our program applicants for…Read More
Today is Found in Translation’s 9th Birthday! Staff and members of our board gathered this afternoon on Zoom to celebrate and share reflections and favorite memories of our time with the organization. Here are some things they shared: Ester remembers our 2017 graduation event, when she looked around the room and saw all the families who…Read More
We turn obstacles into assets. Designed specifically for low-income and homeless bilingual women, our program trains women with invaluable language skills to become professional medical interpreters.
"Found in Translation is doing great to help us, women,
to the next level of professional work. "
Kim, Vietnamese Interpreter
"After this course, I got my first job in the US.
I used to be a full-time mother before enrolling in Found In Translation."
Helen, Korean Interpreter
"It was the encouragement - it was that I was told: Yes, this country needs what you have.
You have a value and this is what makes all the difference in the world."
Serafima, Russian Interpreter
“After completing the program my life changed drastically. My salary almost doubled [and] I got better job opportunities.”
Anonymous, Found in Translation Graduate
“Found in Translation gave my professional self meaning and purpose; a career where I'm continually encouraged to learn and where I can use my skills to empower members of my community.”
Wilda, Spanish Interpreter
“Found in Translation gave me a foundation to start off a career that I never thought I could afford.
My skills have enabled me to bring smiles to limited English speakers by making communication easier."
Delfine, Swahili Interpreter
Our Interpreter Services connect Found in Translation alumnae with community partners in need of language services.
average wage after 1 year
additional income per year
The issues that Found in Translation addresses are not just problems facing the people of Boston. They are national, even worldwide, challenges. Our model is a solution with the potential for a global reach.
I believe that language is what makes us human. We just tend to not realize how important it is until it's gone.
- Maria Vertkin, Founder and Executive Director