The International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) has been recruiting medical interpreters interested in doing field work in Haiti. The USNS Comfort is assisting Haitian victims since the disaster took place. The American Red Cross in Miami is organizing the placement in the USNS Comfort and has requested the assistance of the IMIA to recruit professional Haitian medical interpreters. Over 100 interpreters were deployed last month and there will be rotations of 34 interpreters each month.

Click here to find the recruitment criteria, guidelines and the deployment guidelines. Please read the document carefully.

The Red Cross will pay for travel to Miami and provide lodging and meals aboard the USNS Comfort as well as telephone cards. Term of field work is 30 days. If you are seriously interested and committed to volunteering for this specific field work at the USNS Comfort, please do the following:

  1. Log on to
  2. Complete the volunteer application under the section titled “Become a Red Cross Volunteer.”
  3. Save it to a word document and email to [email protected].
  4. Then log on to and complete the background check under the Greater Miami & The Key Chapter.
  5. The IMIA will be sending all the applications that are relevant to this mission to a designated contact at the Miami Red Cross.