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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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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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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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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L A Times Reports on Language Access Plan in California

11/04/14 – The Los Angeles Times reports on the call for compliance from the US Department of Justice and the California Judicial Council’s response. Both CFI (California Federation of Interpreters) and IGA (Interpreters Guild of America, formerly TTIG) have been tracking and providing comments to the Language Access Plan working group. Below is a link to the

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