IGA Goes to Chicago … Thanks to our Colleagues!

CHICAGO TRAINING We want to thank the following donors for helping us meet our GoFundMe goal in record time. These are the generous folks that helped send IGA leaders to the National People’s Action leadership week-long training in Chicago! Noel Abraham, Letizia Ambrosino, Elsa Anaya, Julie B., Yetide Badaki, Fernando Becerril, Olivia Bernal, Sandra Bezerra, Carmelina Cadena, Claudia Calle Moenaert, Ismail Charania, Nancy de la Rosa, Muhammad Farooq, K. Gallindo, Gladys Garcia, Yvette

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IGA Meets With Judicial Council About Raising CA Court Contractor Rate

IGA’s lobbying, along with our members’ petitions and letters, are having a positive impact in drawing the attention of the Judicial Council to the Contractor Rate issue. On October 26, 2015, Angie Birchfield, IGA Unit Chair, and René García had an opportunity to meet with an administrator from the Judicial Council to discuss the Court Contractor Rate

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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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