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Free Practice Resources for Immigration Court Interpreters

As interpreters, we all know how important it is to stay up-to-date on the latest industry practices and to constantly improve our skills. For interpreters working in immigration court, staying on top of changes in regulations and best practices can be especially challenging. That's why I want to share a valuable resource that I recently discovered: The Model Hearing Program.

This program is an excellent resource for interpreters who work in immigration court, as it provides a series of videos that can be used to learn how real-life hearings are conducted and to practice both consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.

The Model Hearing Program was developed by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and is freely available on the agency's website. The videos in the program depict real immigration court proceedings, including a master calendar hearing, an individual hearing, and a mock record of proceedings, so you can see a sample of what an immigration case file looks like and much more.

Interpreters can use the videos to practice their skills in a simulated but realistic setting. The program includes a variety of exercises that challenge interpreters to use both simultaneous and consecutive interpretation techniques.

One of the great things about The Model Hearing Program is that it provides a rare glimpse into the actual workings of the immigration court system. For interpreters who are new to the field or who have limited experience in this area, the videos can be a valuable learning tool. They can help interpreters better understand the court's procedures and the roles of the different parties involved in a hearing, including the judge, the respondent, the attorneys, and the interpreter.

For experienced interpreters, The Model Hearing Program can serve as a valuable refresher course. It provides an opportunity to hone their skills.

In addition to the videos, The Model Hearing Program also provides a wealth of supplementary materials, including lectures and related resources that provide a basic overview of the legal framework underlying Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture claims.

These resources can help interpreters familiarize themselves with legal terminology and gain a deeper understanding of the issues commonly encountered in immigration court proceedings.

Overall, The Model Hearing Program is an excellent resource for interpreters in the immigration courts career field. It provides a unique opportunity to observe real-life court proceedings and to practice interpretation skills in a low-stakes environment. The program is freely available and can be used by interpreters from any language. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their skills in this challenging and rewarding field.

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