Interpreter and Translator
Josué Guillén grew up in New York City. He had the good fortune of having a Colombian mother who decided her kids were going to learn English anyway and taught them all Spanish first. He studied Spanish starting in Elementary School and all the way through College. When he started working for a community organization in Oakland, CA in 1991, a membership that had mostly monolingual speakers (English or Spanish) caused him to start interpreting, both consecutive and simultaneous. He has been interpreting and translating ever since. He was finally formally trained as a Social Justice Interpreter in 2012. He is also a social justice technologist, and currently works for the global organization Avaaz.org.