Washington State: Leading the Way for Professional Interpreters

Dear Interpreters Division members,

Washington State has long been a beacon for software development and language access. Traditionally, the state has paid interpreters through language companies. To cover their costs, companies would retain about 40% of the money the state pays for interpreting services. A bill in 2010 granted freelance interpreters unionization rights for appointments paid by two Washington State agencies, DSHS and HCA. In 2011, a provision in the state budget created a new procurement model for interpreting services. Under the coordinating entity model, 1) the state pays a monthly flat fee to a language company in charge of developing and maintaining a web-based software system to schedule, invoice and process payments to interpreters while 2) the state collectively bargains with interpreters for their rates of pay.  Separating the administrative cost from the service cost results in the intermediary (the language company) keeping less than 15% of what the state spends in interpreting services.

On March 23, 2018, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6245 into law, expanding the coordinating entity procurement model and unionization rights to all appointments paid by Washington State’s executive branch state agencies. The bill, which received bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House, has a fiscal note estimating a 27% decrease in the state’s expenditures for interpreting services.

You can read more here.

You can watch the video of the signing ceremony here (Starts at 20:29).


Carol Velandia
Interpreters Division


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How about Overcoming Test Anxiety for Interpreters?

If you’ve ever sat an interpreting exam of any kind, there’s a good chance you can clearly recall how you felt while preparing for it. If you’re like me and can remember those jitters, then this thoughtful piece by Liz Essary on test anxiety is certainly worth a read.

Did you like this piece? Be sure to check out Liz’s last article on conference prep, too!


Aleyna Maria Tusa, Contributing Editor

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3 Ways Technology Is Improving the Hospital Interpreter Career Field

By David Fetterolf


As healthcare facilities encounter an increasingly diverse patient population, the demand for qualified medical interpreters continues to grow. In an attempt to provide language services to all non-English speaking patients, healthcare facilities are increasingly integrating healthcare technology into their existing language access plans. Such technology includes interpreter scheduling apps, video remote interpretation, …

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ABA Survey: Language Access to Justice for LEPs

Language Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals continues to present a number of challenges. The following survey aims to elucidate such challenges as well as the efforts undertaken thus far by state and federal governments, other government agencies and private associations in an attempt to meet the growing demand of providing satisfactory …

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Interview with Mr Ian Newton, ILO Chief Interpreter – By Maha El-Metwally

In this post, we are sharing Maha El-Metwally’s interview with Mr. Ian Newton, ILO Chief Interpreter. His insights offer a different look at UN interpreting, namely the extremely intricate processes involved in organizing a conference for a UN agency. His responses also touch upon his own experience as well as his opinions on the future of the profession in light of technological advancements. Settle in for an enlightening read!

Aleyna Maria Tusa, Contributing Editor

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Member feedback for ATA Board of Directors meeting

Dear ID members,

The Board is set to meet this week-end January 19, 20, and 21 in Miami, Florida.

Friday is the annual Strategy Day while Saturday and Sunday are the regular Board meetings (and are open to the public.)

We value your feedback; please let us know what ATA programs and services are …

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AIIC 37th Assembly is happening right now

AIIC, the International Association of Conference Interpreters, is celebrating its 37th Assembly in Valencia, Spain—right now!

For those who cannot attend, watch out for tweets with the hashtag #aiicvalencia18. The conference runs from January 10-14. Many interpreter colleagues will be live-tweeting the event using this hashtag, and there’s webstreaming for AIIC members.


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Time to Renew your ATA Membership

Did you forget to renew by December 31?

Renew your ATA membership now. Start 2018 with all the resources and support you need to advance your interpreting career in the new year!



And if you are not a member of the Interpreters Division, why not join?

Get access to a …

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United Nations Interpreters: An insider’s view – Part 4

In the fourth and final part of Sheila’s bird’s eye view of what it’s like to be a UN interpreter, she addresses mastering sight translation of complex written speeches and practicing interpreting “densely drafted speech.”  Just another technique UN interpreters develop in their training, which requires tons of practice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of articles about interpreting for the United Nations!


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Love, Appreciation, and Affection


With Love, Appreciation and Affection

The holidays always bring out the best in people; regardless of our beliefs, religious, and cultural background, it inspires us to give love, appreciation, and affection. It reminds us that there is always hope and a reason to celebrate the positive aspects of the year that it is …

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