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Hundreds of people are volunteering to translate for lawyers fighting Trump’s Muslim ban

  • In the process of rushing to get detainees released and offering pro-bono legal services to those affected by the ban, another challenge emerged: the language barrier.
  • “We needed people who spoke Arabic, Farsi and Somali,” Francey Youngberg, a former tax attorney who volunteered at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., said in an interview. 
  • “So we started recruiting attorneys and non-attorneys who speak those languages. We’re creating a national database of translators.”
  • Youngberg — herself an immigrant from the Philippines — said she’s received an overwhelming response to the call-outs she’s made through her personal networks and on social media since Sunday.
  • “Close to 300 translators signed up from across the country,” she said. After combining her list with two others that were circulating, the estimated number of people in Youngberg’s database clocked in at more than 500, she said. Read more
wsj.com
Iranian-Canadian Professor Homa Hoodfar Freed by Iran
Professor who was imprisoned for ‘dabbling in feminism’ is released
By Asa Fitch

“Iran on Monday released an Iranian-Canadian academic imprisoned since June, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, a rare reprieve for one of the numerous dual-nationals it has arrested since last year.

Homa Hoodfar, an anthropology professor at Montreal’s Concordia University specializing in Muslim women and the Middle East, was released on humanitarian grounds including poor physical health, spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

In June, she was taken to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, which has a wing housing high-profile political detainees. Authorities accused her of “dabbling in feminism and security matters,” according to her supporters. It didn’t release further details on what the charges entailed.”

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