Trauma, Language, and Social Justice

At the 14th Annual Membership Meeting, we will look at the issues of trauma, language, and social justice through the lens of health care, and healthcare-related, interpreting. As we immerse ourselves in 2021, we leave a tumultuous year in which, as a field, we supported the pioneering efforts to gain a foothold in educational settings; promoted gender-neutral language; and supported our colleagues in California fighting for worker’s rights, among so many other activities.

This work is not without its challenges and often faces strident opposition. We know that interpreters often work in less than ideal settings, and often interpret very challenging exchanges. As interpreters, we understand the importance of language, and indeed of a single word, especially when the consequences can be life-changing. Encounters such as these can be emotionally triggering, especially on top of events taking place on the national landscape from which none of us are immune.

As the mission of the NCIHC is one of social justice, we believe in the power of language to transform lives. Join us for the 14th AMM to explore issues related to trauma -- both physical and mental, both past and present; language and, ultimately, how we can promote social justice in our communities.


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Become a Member to Attend

Interpreters, translators, language access advocates, hospital administrators, service providers, immigration law makers, interpreter department managers/directors and all involved in language access and immigrant/refugee issues are welcome and encouraged to attend. Since this is truly a membership meeting, and not a conference, all attendees are required to be a part of NCIHC. To become a member please visit:


This will be a 100% virtual event.

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 8, 2021

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Featuring Artist Hector H. Hernandez on the “Role of Art in Addressing Culture and Social Issues


Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10


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Early Bird Registration - $150 (ends on March 12, 2021)

Regular Registration - $190 (ends on April 1, 2021)

Because this will be a virtual event, registrations will end at the close of business (Central Time) on April 1, 2021. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

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Please note, this is our ​annual membership meeting, so there is no non-member registration rate. If you would like to register, please join the NCIHC to be able to take advantage of the benefits, including attendance at this informative event on language access.


 Continuing Education Credits

#NCIHC2021 has been approved by CCHI for 6.5 CE hours.

Other CEs are pending.

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Anisa Ibrahim is a UW Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director at Harborview Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Ibrahim’s specific clinical interests include caring for and outreach to immigrant and refugee populations, specifically those with medical or social complexity.  Dr. Ibrahim is a strong advocate for community-focused work and partnerships. She is the president of the Board of Directors of the Somali Health Board, a local community organization addressing health disparities in the Somali community. Nationally, Dr. Ibrahim is an executive committee member of the American Academy of Pediatric’s Council on Immigrant Child and Family.

Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie has over 20 years of experience working with and advocating for communities impacted by inequitable systems and structures of oppression. As a 1.5 generation refugee, she also brings a unique perspective for understanding the strengths and complexities of working with refugees and immigrants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology/Sociology from Eastern Oregon University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Both her undergraduate and graduate research comprised of the use of participatory action framework to explore and address the disparities in meaningful language access for limited English proficient individuals in healthcare and the U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization process. As an interpreter, consultant, trainer, and community organizer, she believes strongly in raising awareness about meaningful language access and when introduced with humility, can reshape the narratives of limited English proficient communities, and ultimately transform systems. Ms. Soneoulay-Gillespie was appointed by Governor Brown to serve as a commissioner on the Oregon Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs and as a council member of the Governors Behavioral Health Advisory Council. In her current role as Director of Community Health at Health Share of Oregon, she works in partnership with the community to identify opportunities to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for historically underserved communities.

 Exhibitors / Sponsors

Contact Kevin Cunningham: [email protected] 

 Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last-minute requests will be accepted but may be impossible to fill. To request an accommodation, please email: [email protected]