Call for Improving Translation and Interpretation
for All Immigrant Parents
In February, the Education Collaborative of New York Immigration Coalition launched the Build the Bridge campaign calling for improvement of translation and interpretation services for all immigrant parents at public schools and DOE offices. Sapna NYC, as an active member of the Education Collaborative has been working on improving services for new immigrant South Asian families in the Bronx and is pleased to be a part of this new campaign.
On February 25th, Gulshan Chowdhury, a Community Health Worker and Parent Advocate at Sapna NYC, testified before the City Council’s Education Committee on barriers to services for English Language Learners. For the first time in seven years, the Education Committee held a hearing on English Language Learners. Gulshan’s testimony provided first hand experiences of South Asian immigrant parents and the long wait time for language services that results in families sacrificing time, money, and their dignity.
Continuing our leadership and advocacy training of South Asian immigrant mothers, we are collaborating once again with Coalition for Asian American Children and Families to start our 3rd cohort for the Parent Advocacy program. Nearly 30 new participants have been recruited!
To learn more about the Build the Bridge campaign, read the press release here.