Chicago, IL (PressExposure) March 07, 2011 -- Elizabeth Colón, CEO of Metaphrasis Language and Cultural Solutions (Metaphrasis), today announced she has been selected to be the Board Chair for the national VOICE OF LOVE project, which has filed Articles of Incorporation to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Additionally, the Chicago interpreting, translation and training company made a financial donation to THE VOICE OF LOVE.
THE VOICE OF LOVE is a pro bono, all-volunteer project spear-headed by Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (www.astt.org) and Cross-Cultural Communications. The original purpose of THE VOICE OF LOVE was to develop a three-day interpreter training program to support quality services to survivors of torture, trauma and sexual violence. In addition to this program, the organization intends to provide training and resources in the field.
Colón's role in the project will encompass many areas including collaboration on decision making as well as oversight and leadership to the board members. Marjory Bancroft, MA, adds, "This is a project that has garnered tremendous positive attention across the U.S. Elizabeth has the passion, focus, drive and above all the concern for survivors that will bring the Board the energy and leadership we urgently need."
Scheduled to be completed in December 2012, the first training products developed by THE VOICE OF LOVE will be made available at no cost to agencies that support survivors of torture and trauma. A needs assessment report and two guides about how to interpret in this field and how to work with interpreters in torture and trauma services will also be made available to the public at no cost. The training manual and trainer's guide will be, depending on financial resources, possibly in hard copy, with the goal of supporting survivors of torture and trauma.
Elizabeth Colón, CEO of Metaphrasis commented on her participation, "I chose to become a part of THE VOICE OF LOVE project because I believe in what it will accomplish. It addresses the real emotional issues that interpreters face while interpreting for survivors of torture, trauma and/or survivors of sexual and domestic violence."
Colón continued, "THE VOICE OF LOVE is going to be the first organization of its kind that is going to ensure that these survivors are properly represented through the voice of a qualified interpreter."
The more than 100 volunteers currently associated with THE VOICE OF LOVE include community and medical interpreters, mental health interpreters, therapists and clinicians, interpreter educators and trainers, legal interpreters, social workers, front-line staff, volunteers at centers for torture and trauma, staff in sexual assault services, health professionals, outreach specialists, refugee resettlement staff, community advocates, caseworkers, faith-based organizations, a few researchers, consultants, an immigration attorney, and others. To learn more about THE VOICE OF LOVE, please visit http://www.cultureandlanguage.net/index.php/voice-of-love-project.