The Voice of Love
THE VOICE OF LOVE (VOL) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes and supports interpreting for survivors of torture, trauma and sexual violence.
About 500,000 survivors of torture and war trauma reside in the U.S. Throughout the world, millions of survivors of torture, trauma and sexual violence seek to reclaim their lives. VOL is dedicated to giving every survivor who faces a language barrier a voice through a trained, qualified interpreter.
VOL develops training and resources and offers technical assistance to support quality interpreting in this specialized area. VOL support interpreters in the field.
Mission, Vision, and Objectives
VOL Vision: A world where every survivor of torture, war trauma and sexual violence who needs language assistance has access to a trained, qualified interpreter.
VOL Mission: Through the provision of quality interpreting, promote the equal access of linguistically diverse survivors of torture, trauma and sexual violence to services that advance their healing, growth and achievement.
1. Develop in-depth training programs on how to interpret for survivors of torture, trauma
and sexual violence.
2. Create training materials for service providers on how to work effectively with
interpreters in this field.
3. Deliver affordable, specialized training to interpreters and providers.
4. Develop a corps of trained, volunteer interpreters accessible to service providers in
this field in person, by telephone and by video.
THE NEED: Many survivors of torture and trauma do not speak the language of service and cannot access the excellent programs available. Yet little specialized training is available for interpreters in this unique field. Without training, interpreters in this arena are often traumatized by what they hear. Cultural complexities add to the interpreter’s dilemma.
VOL guides interpreters about how to interpret effectively for survivors of torture and major trauma and supports providers so that they can work effectively with interpreters.