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Found in Translation

Advise on Liability and Mitigating Risk


Help a nonprofit training woman as medical interpreters minimize liability when providing childcare for program participants.

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Jurisdiction(s): U.S.
About the Organization: Found in Translation trains low-income bilingual women to become medical interpreters, helping them achieve economic security while advancing equality in healthcare access and improving patient outcomes.
Legal Entity Type: Nonprofit/Charity
SDG(s): Decent Work and Economic Growth, End Poverty, Good Health and Well Being, Partnerships to achieve the Goals, Quality Education, Reduced Inequalities
Legal Issue(s):

Pre-pandemic, Found in Translation offered free, on-site, childcare assistance for students enrolled in their program. Care was provided by university students and volunteers, under the supervision of Found in Translation staff. In special circumstances, offsite childcare was supported as well. Students were asked to find and pay the caretakers directly and Found in Translation reimbursed students for the costs. Due to Covid, Found in Translation’s programming is now largely virtual and the need for off-site childcare has increased substantially. Some students have had problems: (i) finding childcare providers on their own; and (ii) paying for the costs upfront. Found in Translation is now considering a model where they recommend or provide membership to childcare search providers and potentially pay the care providers directly, but they are concerned about liability. They are seeking a consultation to better understand how one or both of these changes might impact their liability and would like to discuss strategies for limiting/minimizing any risks. If possible, they would also appreciate guidance on potential liabilities, should they return to the on-site model.