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Requesting Proposals: American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters

Agency Background:
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is a non-profit, statewide organization working to end sexual violence, and advocate for the rights and needs of all sexual assault victims. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center is a project of PCAR, whose mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaborating, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.

NSAC 2018:
PCAR is the founder and one of the rotating hosts of the National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC). PCAR has hosted NSAC in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2016. This year we are hosting NSAC 2019 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference dates are August 21-23, 2019. The conference attracts over 1600 people throughout the country representing professionals and activists involved in the movement to end sexual violence.

Our Audience:
Our audience is comprised of sexual assault advocates and educators, survivors, activists, law enforcement, health professionals, government officials and others. Workshops are centered around intervention and prevention of sexual assault in LGBTQ communities, colleges, the military, prisons, and immigration detention centers, as well as others.

We are seeking a team of ASL interpreters that are versed in our mission to end sexual violence. Preferred interpreters would have experience translating topics dealing with various aspects of the prevention and/or intervention of sexual assault, , as well as experience interpreting at conferences.

Scope of Work:

  • Provide ASL interpreters for 3 plenary sessions (see schedule below).
  • Provide ASL interpreters for 4- 8 workshops over 2.5 days (see schedule below).

Plenary Schedule:

  • 8/21, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
  • 8/22, 8:30 -10:15 a.m.
  • 8/23, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Lunch Schedule:

  • 8/21, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 8/21, 9:00-10:30 a.m., 10:45-12:15 a.m., 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  •  8/22, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1:45-3:15 p.m., 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • 8/23, 9:15-10:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

RFP Sent: February 2019
Responses Due: By COB March 19, 2019
Send questions and proposals to: Karla Vierthaler, National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 2101 N. Front Street, Harrisburg PA, 17110 or

Please note: PCAR is also seeking spoken language interpreters for NSAC. Applicants are welcome to respond to one of both RFPs for interpreters.