The Voice of Love

Interpreting Compassion


THE VOICE OF LOVE (VOL) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that develops training and resources to support interpreting for survivors of torture, war trauma and sexual violence.


The Need:

 About 500,000 survivors of torture and war trauma reside in the U.S. Millions more live around the world. Without interpreters, many of them cannot access medical, mental health, legal and other services. Survivors often need interpreters to begin their path to healing.


Yet it is a challenge for interpreters to give a voice to the deepest suffering that anyone can know. The content is traumatic for interpreters, and cultural complexities add to the complexity. Yet little in-depth training is available about interpreting for trauma.


VOL offers specialized, high-quality training and support to interpreters working with survivors of torture and war trauma.


Mission, Vision, and Objectives:


VOL Goal

Increase the number of trauma-trained interpreters accessible to service providers who work with survivors of torture, war trauma, and sexual violence.

VOL Mission

Through the provision of quality interpreting, promote the equal access of linguistically diverse survivors of torture, war trauma and sexual violence to services that advance their healing, growth and achievement.

VOL Vision

A world where every survivor of torture, war trauma and sexual violence who needs language assistance has access to a trauma-trained, qualified interpreter.



Key Objectives:

    1. Develop in-depth training programs and materials about how to interpret for survivors

        of torture, trauma and sexual violence.

    2. Create training materials and materials to enable service providers to work effectively

        with interpreters in this field.

    3. Deliver affordable, specialized training to interpreters, interpreter trainers and service

        providers in this field.

    4. Develop a database of trauma-trained interpreters accessible by telephone, video or

        in person (face-to-face).