Immigration Courts Could Lose A Third Of Their Interpreters

Language interpreters, who are crucial to the basic functioning of America’s beleaguered immigration courts, say a new federal contractor is trying to drastically underpay them. Interpreters across the country are refusing to sign on to a new contract to service U.S. immigration courts, citing what they call unacceptably low pay and poor working conditions. Posted on

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California moves to provide interpreters in all court cases

By Sudhin Thanawala Associated Press San Jose Mercury News 08/16/2015 06:56:00 PM PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what’s happening in court because she isn’t proficient in English has made the process even harder. “When you don’t understand what the judge is saying, what the other

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L.A. County: Language Access Plan Clarification from Raúl A. Pilling-Riefkohl

IGA spoke to Raúl A. Pilling-Riefkohl, Administrator for Interpreter Services, Los Angeles Superior Court, regarding the issue of staff expansion into civil matters. Mr. Pilling-Riefkohl told IGA that pursuant to the LAP expansion plan, Los Angeles County is now covering certain civil cases such as small claims, unlawful detainers and probate. As we suspected, he said that

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IGA opposes the DIR Proposal

We oppose the proposed Interpreter Fee Schedule for a number of compelling reasons; these are the three issues that we consider most egregious: The proposed fee schedule sets an unworkable price ceiling and constitutes a serious reduction in what an individual interpreter can earn. The removal of the current §9795.3 language– “interpreter fees shall be

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An Open Letter From IGA and Its Members

April 7, 2015 Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye Chair of the Judicial Council of California 455 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco, CA. 94102-3688 RE: Raise The State Courts Per Diem Rate for Interpreters On behalf of all the Court Certified and Registered Independent Contractors that perform interpreting services for the California Courts on a per

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WEIGHTLIFTING FOR COURT INTERPRETERS

Getting ready to take the Federal? Want to a workshop to refine your skills? Presents Agustín Servín de la Mora’s  2- Day Intensive Workshop WEIGHTLIFTING FOR COURT INTERPRETERS  http://dlm.interpreter-training.com/ 12-CIMCE Units  2-Days of world class instruction. When SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 and SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015 9 AM TO 4 PM Where CWA Local 9003 825 South Victory

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Interpreter Appreciation Month

  Dear Colleagues: Happy Interpreter Appreciation Month! We want to give something back to you, the hardworking Indie Interpreter! Get 3 CIMCE units for FREE with our Private Sector Workshop, just by coming to this meeting. Please join us this Saturday 03/28/2015 9:00am to 1:00pm IGA is holding this Meeting and Workshop to raise awareness of issues

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CA Division of Workers’ Compensation Gives IGA an Important Update

The following is an update IGA received yesterday from the DWC regarding the timing and public review process for the long awaited revisions to the Interpreters’ Fee Schedule for Workers’ Comp: The DWC is hopeful a draft Interpreter Fee Schedule will be posted on the DWC webpage within the next 4 weeks.  The DWC will send out a ‘newsline’ announcing the posting

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