Post written by François Grosjean. Have you ever sat down in an interpreter’s booth, put on the headphones and tried to interpret the incoming speech? I did when I was a young and rather naive student who thought that being bilingual meant one could interpret simultaneously. No sooner had I started that problems arrived. As
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
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
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
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
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.
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