COQUI

Alo, Buenas and Hello!
 

Thank you for thinking of the Coqui Language Collective for your foreign language interpretation needs. For the past three years, we have been the go-to organization for all movement and socially conscious folx in need of an interpreter in The State of Florida. Unfortunately, we will not be able to continue offering this important service, effective immediately.

Building coalitions and organizing people is always a challenge worth the effort, but sometimes effort is not enough. In the case of Coqui, we were very fortunate to be working with some of the most talented language professionals in the state, perhaps even the country, but there was always a mismatch between the talent we had to offer and the capacity of our state to compensate that talent with dignity and respect for the trade. As a result, there was a piece that was always necessary to the success of the organization, but was always missing. That piece was the mechanism to perform the necessary background tasks that could facilitate a smooth and seamless experience for our clients as they were connected to the quality language services that fit their needs. We mention this, not to critique any individual or group, but in the hope that someone will open this message in a bottle who can find that missing piece and complete the puzzle of sustainable linguistic justice in Florida.

 
Until then, we are doing what we feel is responsible and we are putting this project to sleep. 
 
In the meantime, if you are in need of interpretation services, we encourage you to review the list of interpreters in our network who are now working as independent businesses. You can find the full list on our website www.coquilanguagecollective.org/requestinterpretation. The website will stay in service and be updated regularly, so bookmark it and keep it as a resource.
 
From all of us at Coqui, we wish you the best as you endeavor to create language justice in every space you occupy.
 
Orevwa, nos vemos and farewell.
 
– The Coqui Core Team