During a period of about two months while placed at the Westchester County Human Rights Commission, I witnessed the discrimination that takes place regularly. I put my Spanish language skills to use to help the unfortunate people who were discriminated against. It took a few days for me to get used to the system, but after a day or two, I was able to take on phone calls and do my own Preliminary Information Reports (PIR).
After my first two weeks working there, I was able to determine whether or not our office could help them. It was heartbreaking when we could not, but we tried to refer them to another agency that might be able to help them. My job as a translator for Spanish speaking clients was very rewarding in many ways, including that my Spanish language skills improved as a result.