Thursday, 17 October 2019

"lack of interpreters"


17 October

[…] One temporary carer of trafficked children - who asked to remain anonymous to protect the young people under her care - recalled a lack of interpreters and a dearth of compassion.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Scotland: Roma victims of crime in Glasgow 'struggle to gain justice'



15th October

Roma victims of crime in Glasgow 'struggle to gain justice'
More must be done to help Glasgow's Roma community access justice, a leading prosecutor has said.
Advocate Depute Kath Harper has told of the difficulty in securing an interpreter who could support Roma victims of human trafficking to give evidence.
Following the conviction of four people charged with bringing vulnerable women from Slovakia to the UK, Ms Harper said even after "strenuous efforts" a translator could not be found.
She said: "I think there is real problem, or the potential for a real problem, for Roma speakers to access justice.
"We made strenuous efforts to get a Roma interpreter but we just couldn’t get one.
"From this trial, this is a learning opportunity and I’m not sure how we’re going to overcome that.
"Interpretation particularly with Roma is something we’re going to have to look at because the Roma community, I suppose they are quite vulnerable to this sort of trafficking so if we want to allow them access to the justice system we’re going to have to find a way to communicate with them." […]