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Sean Heyneman is a Language Access Manager at Ayuda. The Language Access Program trains interpreters, educates service providers, advocates for enforcement and amendment of local and federal language access laws, and arranges interpretation and translation services for dozens of nonprofits throughout the DC metropolitan area.

Sean oversees the coordination of interpretation and translation for nonprofit organizations providing victims services for their Maryland clients. He also organizes and leads trainings for interpreters on working in a victim services setting and, for victim service providers, on best practices regarding interpretation, language access, and use of Ayuda’s interpreter banks.

Sean has previously trained public health workers for the COVID-19 response and has several years of experience in teaching, teacher training, and international development in the educational and cultural spheres. Sean received his MS in environment & sustainability at University of Michigan, and his BA in international relations from State University of New York, College at Geneseo.

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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