-The Blog Team There were six of us in the Zoom breakout room: all of us interpreters, all members of the ATA’s Interpreter Division, and all logged in to spend some time with colleagues in the division’s Interpreter Connections. One interpreter in that breakout room had recently moved to the U.S. … [Read More...]
2023-01-20. All members of the ID are invited to our next virtual Interpreter Connection on February 2nd at 8 PM EST / 7 PM CST / 6 PM MST / 5 PM PST. This is a free event for ID members only. Learn more: http://www.ata-divisions.org/ID/ata-interpreter-connections/
2023-01-20. #ATA64: Call for speakers for the ATA 64th Annual Conference now open. Proposals must be received by March 1, 2023. Speakers do not need to be ATA members to submit a proposal. Learn how to submit a presentation proposal.
2023-01-19. The ATA 64th Annual Conference website is up! Mark your calendars: October 25-28, 2023 in Miami! atanet.org/ata64/
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Recent blog posts
Maya Hess: A path not planned
Maya Hess, forensic linguist and founder of Red T, grew up in the town of Wald (tr. “forest”), to the southeast of Zurich in Switzerland. Surrounded by forests, rolling hills, and a large, socially conscious family, Maya had a plan. She would be a journalist and document events for the rest of … [Read More...]
Prognosis for staff healthcare interpreters: The world is their oyster
By Marisa Rueda Will If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is that change is inevitable. Perhaps that is why Gabriela Siebach’s 2021 ATA Conference presentation, Maintaining a Career as a Language Professional: An Endless Journey, caused me to reflect on how staff interpreters … [Read More...]
Finding your power in ethical decision making
By Milena Calderari-Waldron How many times has a colleague approached you with, “The other day [fill in the blank] happened to me. What do you think I should have done?” When confronted with an ethical problem—as opposed to an ethical dilemma which is where one must choose between two conflicting … [Read More...]
Lessons for the new year
Here we are. 2021 has staggered to a close and a new year has begun. COVID is still in the daily news, our professional world is still a constant mix of virtual and in-person, and we never did get our “old normal” back. In fact, it seems to me that we’re learning to hold this “new normal” lightly, … [Read More...]
Portable equipment for socially-distanced simultaneous interpretation in court
By Flavia Lima & Monica Guelman After months of near-total lockdown in many US states, courts are reopening with a massive backlog of cases to work through as a consequence of the pandemic and interpreters are in high demand. We need to find solutions to assist court attendees who are Limited … [Read More...]
Robert Joe Lee: Distinguished Speaker
-By Carol Shaw There are people in this world who see a disconnect in a system and ask what can be done. Then there are those who see the disconnect and ask what they can do. Meet Robert Joe Lee, doer. Not that he started out to fix the system nationwide. He started down that road as a seminary … [Read More...]
Language services, hurricanes and pandemics: Overcoming crises to ensure access to Education
By Andrew Dafoe CHI™ If I had to pick a defining word for the year 2020, at the top of my list would be crisis. It really became what felt like a never ceasing stream of natural disasters, global pandemics, the resulting economic downturns, political divisiveness, and racial injustices. … [Read More...]
Media interpreters play a critical role in news reporting
To protect the integrity of information, interpreters need to focus on accuracy, impartiality, and completeness By Margarita Martín-Hidalgo Birnbaum When Steve Mines was a journalist in China, he relied on interpreters to help him in his reporting. Years later, those experiences served him … [Read More...]
New challenges–and opportunities–for educational interpreters during a pandemic
The good, the bad, and the not-so-tech-savvy By Alina Avelar Roque On the morning of March 13, 2020, Anaheim Elementary School District, where I've been working for over five years as an interpreter/translator, held an emergency board meeting to vote on suspending in-person learning due to … [Read More...]