ATA57 Recap

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We all have fond memories of our time at ATA57 in the beautiful city of San Francisco!
The weather cooperated, it was one of the best attended conferences and the Photo Booth at the Welcome Celebration was so much fun! Be sure to watch the video whether you were in attendance or not. It really captures the spirit of the conference…as we hope this recap by Farah Arjang does, especially for those of you who missed it!
You can be sure that next year’s conference, with Farah’s NCATA Chapter as the host, is guaranteed to be another hit! Hope to see you all there.

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Our fearless leader, Carol Velandia, is on an adventure pursuing her master’s degree in social work in India!

Read all about her rich experience trying to learn the multiple languages of the subcontinent, including the wonder and ongoing humility at having to be the one unable to make herself understood. It really made me think about those we routinely interpret for, truly putting myself in their shoes: those relying on us for meaningful language assistance… You go Carol!

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Annual Meeting Election Results

This year was an election year for Division’s officers. Election results were announced at the Interpreters Division Annual Meeting during ATA’s 57th Annual Conference held November 2-5, 2016, in San Francisco, California:

Division Administrator: Carol Velandia (elected for a second 2-year term)

Assistant Administrator: Lorena Ortiz-Schneider (elected for a 2-year term)

Thank you to all who participated in this process. We are especially grateful to the Nominating Committee, to the elected officers, to outgoing Assistant Administrator Marsel de Souza, and all Leadership Council members for doing a great job. Thank you also to all members who attended the Division’s annual meeting.

The next election will take place during ATA’s Annual Conference in 2018. In the meantime, don’t forget to join the Interpreters Division!

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Interpreting Certifications in the United States: A Comparison – Updated Nov. 18, 2016

Check out the updated version of the chart we posted last month, created by Helen Eby, of existing interpreter certifications.

You will note that two California interpreter certifications have been added: the Administrative Hearing and Medical. These are the oldest certification exams in the nation, given between the late ‘70’s and 2008, (just before the great economic downturn) and among the most rigorous ever. Passing rates were in the single to low double digits, the majority of those who sat successfully for these exams possessing a high level of education.

In California, state certified Administrative Hearing Interpreters are qualified for interpreting during medical examinations conducted for the purpose of determining compensation or monetary award. Administrative Hearings are settings in which beneficiaries are seeking such things as EDD, DMV, Social Security and Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Enjoy! And may you all have a very peaceful Thanksgiving!

Lorena Ortiz Schneider, Blog Editor

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Quality Interpreting where Medicine and the Law Intersect | Pomona, CA | Dec 3-4, 2016

You don’t want to miss this workshop series with Holly Mikkelson, Cindy Roat and Dr. Alexandra Tamayo! 

Workshop #1: Interpreting at the End of Life: Hanging in there and Letting Go by Cindy Roat

  • When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 (9:00 AM – 1:15 PM)
  • CEUs: CIMCE – 4 Units; ATA – 4 Units; NBCMI – Accepts ATA CEUs – 0.4 units
  • Language: Neutral – English
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Workshop #2: Med-Legal Interpreting: Extending Boundaries by Holly Mikkelson

  • When: Saturday, December 3, 2016 (2:30 PM – 5:45 PM)
  • CEUs: CIMCE – 3 Units; ATA – 3 Units; NBCMI – Accepts ATA CEUs – 0.3 units
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Workshop #3: La violencia contra la mujer: Atención integral y técnica normativa con la Dra. Alexandra Tamayo

  • When: Sunday, December 4, 2016 (9:00 AM – 1:15 PM)
  • CEUs: CIMCE – 4 Units; ATA – 4 Units; NBCMI – Accepts ATA CEUs – 0.4 units
  • Language Specific: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate to advanced


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Here’s your Interpreters Division member button!

This year, during the ATA 57th Annual Conference, all members of the Interpreters Division will be wearing these specially designed buttons.

Leadership Council members will be handing them out during the conference, so be sure to come and get yours!

Not an Interpreters Division member? Click here to join the ID!

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Holly Mikkelson at ATA57 on Sight Translation, Court Interpreting and More…

Getting ready to attend ATA’s 57th Annual Conference? Start planning the sessions you won’t want to miss, like this one offered by Holly Mikkelson, the guru of court interpreting education.

Holly was my professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey way back in the early ’90’s and as you will see in this interview by the ID Assistant Administrator Marsel de Souza, she continues to provide solid information on the value of sight interpreting in translation. She talks about her updated seminal book on court interpreting, due out next month, offers a glimpse into what’s involved in the federal court exam and underscores the importance of professional associations.

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Free webinar: Conference Crushing 101 | By Gloria Rivera | October 29, 9 AM PDT

Conference Crushing 101

Free webinar by Gloria Rivera.

“During this one-hour FREE webinar you will learn tips and tricks that will help you navigate a conference and get the most bang out of your buck.”

October 29th, 9 AM PDT/12 PM EDT

Click here for more information.

The event is free but you need to register here.

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ATA57: You Did What? Making Sense of Conflicting Codes of Ethics

INTERPRETERS UNITE! Don’t miss this first ever event of its kind that brings together a panel of interpreters, leaders in their respective fields of interpreting, under one roof to talk about the commonalities shared by the various codes of ethics governing each setting: medical judicial, and interpreting for the deaf. Learn how they’ve applied ethics to real life situations we all encounter every day.

When? Thursday, 2:00pm-3:00pm (Part I), and Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm (Part II).


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NAJIT Annual Conference 2017: Call for papers

The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters & Translators (NAJIT)’s 38th Annual Conference will be held in the greater Washington DC, during May 19-21, 2017.

Call for papers

Interpreters and translators are invited to submit proposals on a variety of topics: Ethics, Medical Interpreting, Skills Development, and Situation Management to name only a few.

Deadline to submit proposals

Monday, December 5th, 2016.

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