IGA Invites You To The CFI Conference  

REGISTER HERE This year, CFI has partnered with IGA to organize and broaden this premier event among our wider community of interpreters. Together, we have confirmed the participation of key presenters and exciting speakers. The Most Cost-Effective CIMCE Option Available: This year, we are rolling back conference prices to 2014 levels! CFI and IGA Members receive even bigger

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Latest News with VRI-Video Remote Interpretation

As you may all know, Angie Birchfield from IGA has been participating in the VRI Workstream committee since 2016. The participation in this work group has been a real eye opener on how this plan could affect our profession. The main goal of VRI is to protect a defendant’s right to a speedy arraignment after

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EOIR News Bulletin: NLRB Rules SOSi EOIR Interpreters Are Employees

Officials at the National Labor Relations Board have found that immigration court interpreters should be considered employees rather than independent contractors. The determination is a major – though preliminary – win for our Guild, which has been working to help immigration interpreters fight for their job rights. Lawyers for IGA’s local, the Pacific Media Workers

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ATA In San Francisco Offers IGA Opportunity To Connect

The IGA booth at the ATA Convention offered a great chance to meet with up old friends and colleagues and make lots of new friends. IGA’s message of unity and empowerment for the independent interpreter and translator is having a terrific impact throughout our industry. IGA’s plans to travel across the country and promote membership and support for

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Counter-Punch: Retaliation Against EOIR Interpreters

IGA has heard from a number of EOIR colleagues whose contracts were not renewed. We intend to file an NLRB charge asserting that at least some non-renewals were in retaliation for interpreters’ protected activities of speaking out for improved wages and working conditions. Let us know immediately if you were not renewed and if you

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IGA Supports SB 1160 (Mendoza) Workers Compensation Bill

September 13, 2016 The Honorable Edmond G. Brown RE: SB 1160 (Mendoza) Workers’ Compensation – Support Dear Governor Brown: On behalf of our members, IGA wishes to express our strong support for SB 1160 (Mendoza) Workers’ Compensation, a bill we urge you to sign into law. The Interpreters Guild of America is an organization created

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The Background: SOSi recruiting less experienced personnel to interpret in immigration court.

While SOSi has had experience in foreign war zones, this defense contractor is finding it more challenging to navigate domestic waters. In an apparent effort to maximize profits, SOSi has recently been recruiting less experienced personnel to interpret in immigration court. SOSi’s contract with the Department of Justice was granted based on their having an experienced, professional workforce

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IGA’s EOIR Interpreters Get A Positive Update from The NLRB

IGA just received some encouraging news from our legal team. Region 21 of the NLRB will submit our case for the reclassification EOIR interpreters as employees to the NLRB’s Division of Advice. This means that before the NLRB issues a determination, their Advice Division will consider the facts of our case and additional submissions from our attorneys.

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Bad Interpreters Can Mean Justice Denied

Thanks to Rebecca Beitsch at PewTrusts.org http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/08/17/in-many-courtrooms-bad-interpreters-can-mean-justice-denied In Many Courtrooms, Bad Interpreters Can Mean Justice Denied August 17, 2016 By Rebecca Beitsch Patricia Michelsen-King was observing the proceedings in a Chesterfield, Virginia, courtroom a few years ago when a man shouted in Spanish from the back of the courtroom, “I didn’t rape anybody!” Michelsen-King, who teaches

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