Staff and freelance interpreters nationwide have been struggling to improve their pay, benefits and working conditions without much success. Therefore, our colleagues Sandro Tomasi, Mary Lou Aranguren, Milena Calderari-Waldron and Robert Joe Lee took a new approach. They wrote a convincing report that highlights the deficiencies in the New York State court interpreter job description as compared to that of court reporters.
In the report, they clearly establish that interpreters’ compensation is far below what it should be. The authors hope for a reclassification of the New York State job title for court interpreters, which in turn may lead to better compensation not only for them for but interpreters who serve the courts across the USA.
Lorena Ortiz Schneider