Jan. 2016 article
1/4/16, "Refugee's rare dialect exposes legal system's shortcomings," The Tennesseean, Stacey Barchenger
"Immigrant advocates say the case shows why Nashville, with its growing immigrant and refugee populations, needs to keep educating those
groups, understanding cultural differences and making sure language
barriers are understood by officials at all levels of government.
More than 120 languages are spoken by students in Metro Schools alone. And
according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, more than 16 percent of
Nashville residents speak a language other than English at home.
has one of the fastest-growing immigrant populations in the country,"
said Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant
and Refugee Rights Coalition. "What that means is for local
[taxpayer funded] institutions it can be a challenge to keep up."...
Hing speaks Matu-Chin, a language spoken by only about 40,000 people,
according to court records. Hing has no formal education, knows only
some Burmese and speaks almost no English....
HOW TO HELP
Administrative Office of the Courts, which oversees the court
interpreter program, is recruiting interpreters. Interpreters who are
certified — those who go through two days of training, pass an oral exam
and other requirements — can earn up to $50 per hour. Other levels of
credentialed interpreters can earn up to $25 or $40 per hour, depending
on their level of training.
is greatest need for these  languages:
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