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Sanctioned Members

An individual member (July 2017) was censured privately for violation of the first tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice:  “to convey meaning between people and cultures faithfully, accurately, and impartially”. The member is also required to complete an interpreter ethics program.

Julia Rea
, Nile, Illinois, (January 2017) was sanctioned for violation of the third tenet of ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, “to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them”. Ms. Rea was publicly censured for a period of one year (until January 28, 2018) and her profile in the ATA online directory will be deactivated for the same period.

One Hour Translation
, Palo Alto, California, (September 2016) was sanctioned for multiple violations of tenets three and five of the ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice (CEPP). The member was suspended from ATA membership for one year for violation of the fifth tenet and for five years for violation of the third tenet, such suspensions to run concurrently (until November 11, 2021).

Able Translations Ltd
., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (May 2016) was sanctioned for multiple violations of the sixth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others.”  The company also violated the eighth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions.” The company was suspended from being an ATA member until May 1, 2026.

A corporate member
(May 2016) was censured for violating the sixth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others.”  The company also violated the eighth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to endeavor in good faith to resolve among ourselves any dispute that arises from our professional interactions.”

Mohamad Anwar
, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 2015) was sanctioned for violating the third tenet in the American Translators Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to represent our qualifications, capabilities, and responsibilities honestly and to work always within them.” He is suspended from being an ATA member until September 15, 2020.

Edith Trenou
, Snellville/Atlanta, Georgia (September 2014) had her previous sanction increased for violating the ban on holding ATA membership. She is now suspended from being an ATA member until January 1, 2023.

Edith Trenou
, Snellville/Atlanta, Georgia (November 2011) was sanctioned for repeated violations of the sixth tenet in ATA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice: “to define in advance by mutual agreement, and to abide by, the terms of all business transactions among ourselves and with others.” She was suspended from being an ATA member until January 1, 2018.


These sanctions  are authorized in the ATA Bylaws, Article III, Section 6.a.2for conduct constituting: “Gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of professional services, or other unethical or unprofessional conduct based on demonstrable and serious violations of the ATA Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.”

According to the ATA Bylaws, Article III, Section 6.b. Disciplinary Actions, "All disciplinary actions are taken pursuant to procedures adopted by the Board from time to time, which procedures may be amended only by a two-thirds vote of the Board." The procedures are addressed in the ATA Policy on Ethics Procedures (http://www.atanet.org/docs/p_dm_ethics.pdf).