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Apply Today to the National Sign Language Interpreting Service for Deaf Victims

The Vera Institute of Justice, in partnership with Activating Change, has created a National Sign Language Interpreting Service for Deaf Victims program to increase access to victim services by providing free sign language interpretation services through virtual technology.

Activating Change is now accepting applications from organizations interested in receiving sign language interpreting services under this program.

Who is Eligible

Any victim services organization in the United States is eligible to apply. However, priority consideration will be given to—

  • organizations with an immediate need for interpretation services,
  • organizations in rural and remote communities,
  • organizations in communities with limited to no sign language interpreters qualified to interpret in victim services, and
  • organizations that lack financial resources to pay for interpretation services.


Applications are due by Friday, July 7, 2023, at 11:59 p.m., eastern time.

Apply now

Watch an Informational Session Webinar

On June 13, 2023, Activating Change staff hosted an informational webinar covering who is eligible to receive services, how the service works, and how to apply. 

Watch the recorded webinar.

Additional Information

Visit the National Sign Language Interpreting Service for Deaf Victims website to learn more. Email Activating Change at [email protected] if you have questions about this program or the application process.

This project was supported by grant #15POVC-21-GK-01096-NONF, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Date Published: June 20, 2023