NJ’s translation services no match for diverse population

Credit: (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)File photo Paying a phone or electricity bill might not seem like a task for a child. But for Laura Bustamante, the policy and campaign manager for the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, that was her reality growing up because her parents didn’t speak English very well.

“I would have to sometimes miss out on sports or extracurricular activities, and sometimes even school, so I was able to show up and translate for my parents, whether … they were doing something at the DMV (or) they were doing something for my brother,” said Bustamante. “And that has this pressure to essentially be the adult in the family,” she added.

Bustamante is not alone. About 155 languages […].

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