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Interpreter, fluency in Haitian Creole.

Brooklyn, New York, 11234, United States
July 12, 2013

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Taina C. Ligonde

**** * **** ******, *** * K - Brooklyn, NY 11234

Telephone: 718 *** ****; Cellular: 347 *** ****; E-mail:


****-**** ************ ******* ** New York - New York, NY

Degree Awarded: Master in Public Affairs and Administration

2002-2006 Fisk University - Nashville, TN

Degree Awarded: Bachelor in Psychology and Art


Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA)/ Haitian Women for Haitian

Refugees (HWHR)

12/2011 -11/2012 Intern-Volunteer Abroad

- Spent a year in the Dominican Republic as a volunteer to assist in

the collaboration of New York-based HWHR and with its Dominican

Republic-based partner MUDHA in organizing their transnational ongoing

human rights campaign for birthright and nationality as well as its

annual seminar on human rights.

- Conducted Art workshop sessions with youth, particularly young women

and girls, in several bateyes, communities, using clay, multimedia

collages and other art materials for creative and therapeutic


- Organized group sessions in New York and the Dominican Republic with

young women and girls on issues such as self-esteem, sex and

sexuality, race and racism, personal and communal goals and


HWHR Immigration Legal Clinics/Lutheran Social Services of New York

2011 - Present Translator/Interpreter


-Provided translation from English-Haitian Creole for Haitian

immigrants Temporary Protective Status (TPS) applicants.

NYC Administration for Children and Services (NYCACS)

3/2008 - 6/2009 Child Protective Specialist

-Conducted investigations in homes of families where maltreatment of

children was alleged; responsible for extensive documenting and

information gathering and entry; referred families for additional

services when needed; scheduled and held meetings and conferences with

different department entities to discuss related matters to cases.

2007-Present - (English-Haitian Creole) Freelance Interpreter

-Worked on a freelance basis with law firms and organizations,

including DLA Piper, Kramer and Levin, GB Language Consulting, and

with the New York City Department of Education; served as interpreter

for refugees and detainees during legal process to apply for political

asylum, parents/families at committee on Special Education meetings,

clients meeting with doctors, etc.

3/2007-4/2007 - Grass Roots Human Rights Campaign Lobbyist

-Informed public about needed support for promoting equality, ending

employment discrimination, expanding hate crime laws, granting same-

sex couples equal rights and benefits, and raised funds for the


6/2006-8/2006 - Tennessee State Department of Health Program Assistant

- Analyzed prevalence data related to Diabetes in the state of

Tennessee; scheduled and prepared teleconferences for the department;

conducted/collated research data on Diabetes in the US and presented

data and information on diabetes at local and national

teleconferences; ordered the necessary materials needed for the

diabetes project that was at hand.


Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees

2009-2011 Social Worker/Volunteer

-Managed cases, referred troubled youth for needed services such as

counseling. Was present during court proceedings as they related to

the troubled youth. Organized and supervised programs/activities to

help improve the lifestyles of Haitian and Haitian American juveniles.

Fisk University Youth Mentoring Program Mentor

8/2005-8/2006 Counselor

-Mentored and counseled pre-teens and issues such as self-worth, self

esteem, social, academic and career goals.

6/2002-8/2002 - Dwa Fanm (Women's Rights) Intern Summer

-Designed and prepared questionnaires for client intake in the

Restav k Project, Haitian Children's Exploitation and Mistreatment

project; transcribed materials for documentary and assisted in special


LANGUAGE SKILLS: Haitian Creole, Some Spanish and French.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet and some



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