Interpreters hold a position of trust in their role as linguistic and cultural facilitators
of communication. Confidentiality is highly valued by consumers and is essential to protecting
Each interpreting situation (e.g., elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education, legal, medical,
mental health) has a standard of confidentiality. Under the reasonable interpreter standard, professional
interpreters are expected to know the general requirements and applicability of various levels
of confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality include, for example, federal and state laws requiring
mandatory reporting of abuse or threats of suicide, or responding to subpoenas.