★ Our Mission ★

The Refugee Translation Project provides free professional translation support to refugees seeking asylum and other immigration relief in the New York metro area and beyond. We create equitable access to the immigration process by mitigating the high cost of translation, so that refugees have the best possible chance of winning their cases. Alleviating the financial burden of translation costs allows refugees to focus their limited resources on establishing themselves in their new country and communities. Many of RTP translators are refugees themselves. We provide dignified employment to further develop the professional capacity of our translators.

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“Dear Refugee Translation Project,
I hope this email finds you well and in good health.
I am writing to you to express my deep gratitude for your help, I just received yesterday my approval letter. I salute the great job that you are doing for displaced people in the world, for all the efforts that you made working on my evidence. Without your wonderful work, I would never be able to pay for all the translation fees at all, thank you for saving a writer and human rights activist from prosecution and oppression, I will be always be grateful to you.
All the love,

Client Testimonial

“I came to the US with only a backpack, as I was intending to stay for just a week. I had left my country to accompany my roommate to New York. She wanted to apply for asylum after the publishing house she founded was vandalized by a government-incited mob. While we were in New York, the political situation in our country deteriorated and the police raided our home. My colleagues at the human rights NGO where I worked warned me that it was not safe for me to return, as the police would be waiting for me at the airport with an arrest warrant. Arrest in my country, in the context of the current political problems, meant being detained indefinitely in terrible conditions and subjected to torture. I had no choice but to apply for asylum in the US. Having limited resources, I was glad to have found the Refugee Translation Project. They translated all my documents free of charge. The judge heard my case, and I was granted asylum.”

Client, NY

Client Testimonial