What is the American Translators Association?

Founded in 1959, the American Translators Association (ATA) is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U.S. with 10,000 members in over 100 countries.

ATA’s mission is to promote the recognition of professional translators and interpreters, to facilitate communication among its members, to establish standards of competence and ethics, to provide its members with professional development opportunities, and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

Learn more about ATA at www.atanet.org.

What’s a translator?
What’s an interpreter?
What’s the difference?

ATA answers the frequently asked questions and provides some key talking points.

Understanding what’s at stake

Translation and interpreting mistakes can be costly, even disastrous. It is critical to hire qualified translators and interpreters. ATA can help you find the right professional.

Press Releases

Find recent news, announcements, and position statements from ATA.

The White House

ATA Urges Administration to Prioritize Evacuation of Afghan Interpreters and Their Families

August 24, 2021

The American Translators Association (ATA) has written letters to President Biden and other administration officials urging Congress to immediately prioritize the evacuation of Afghan…

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Advocacy in Pennsylvania: Update

June 16, 2021

ATA follows up its March 31 letter with this public comment to the recently published changes to the Compensation Schedule for language services in…

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ATA Joins Red-T in Advocating for Interpreters

May 3, 2021

ATA has joined Red-T’s international language coalition and Amnesty International to request the urgent relocation of interpreters who assisted American forces in Afghanistan. In…

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Advocacy in Pennsylvania

April 27, 2021

When their negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) regarding the compensation schedule came to a halt, interpreters organized the Tri-State…

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ATA Asks Senate to Amend PRO Act

March 12, 2021

Stand Up, Take Action! The Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, also known as PRO Act, represents a dramatic change in U.S.…

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ATA Requests the CDC to Explicitly List Interpreters

January 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed ATA’s December 17 request to include medical interpreters and other onsite interpreters as essential workers…

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Video Library

ATA offers a library of videos that highlight its many events, programs, and member benefits. Watch them all!

Case Studies

The importance of professional translation and interpreting is often not understood by the general public. As part of an ongoing outreach campaign, ATA provides for-publication content to spread insight to a wide range of readers.

Top Six Reasons You Should Caption Your Social Media Video Content

No matter what industry you’re in, video content is likely part of your marketing strategy. And if it’s not, it should be. According to a report by Cisco, online videos will make up more than 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2022. And 72% of customers would rather learn about a product or service…

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How to Avoid Misinformation: Cross-Border Strategies PR Pros Should be Thinking About

At a time when misinformation and fake news are running rampant, communication, and more specifically the written word, is arguably more important than ever. The last thing public relations (PR) pros want to do is jeopardize brand image by miscommunicating to a critical audience. The fact that PR budgets are down and advertising dollars are…

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Content Marketers: Time to Call in the Language Professionals?

The U.S. is the largest consumer market on earth, but did you know that 96% of the world’s consumers reside beyond the country’s borders (according to the U.S. Small Business Administration)? Nonetheless, content marketers have largely focused on English-speaking markets because of their high internet penetration and enormous spending rates. Translating and adapting content for…

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Hiring an Interpreter? 9 Dos and Don’ts to Get the Most Out of Your Partnership

From Mari Kondo to the tiny house movement, the concept of “less is more” is undergoing a resurgence of sorts. Yet, in one area at least, the practice of “more is more” still rings true. If your upcoming meeting or business transaction requires a communication expert, such as an interpreter, you may think it’s as…

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5 Website Features That May Be Working Against You

Contrary to popular belief, your website is not about the products you sell, the services you provide, or the information you share. It’s actually about the people who visit it and their needs. As a website owner, your job is to turn those visitors into paying clients. But before you can do that, you have…

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From Blunder to Wonder: How Companies Successfully Bounce Back from Mistakes

1993 was a terrible year for a particular major national fast food chain. It was an even worse year for four families who suffered unimaginable losses after their children ate contaminated meat at the establishment. Unsurprisingly, the chain found itself on the verge of bankruptcy. However, in a matter of years, it had not only…

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What Your Signage Says about You

Ben could hardly wait to set up his own business after years of working for a large company. Knowing the demographics of his market area, Ben wanted to market to the large Latino population there. So, he looked up the key words in Spanish and created a beautifully designed website and colorful, eye-catching signage to…

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The Bots Are Coming! Automated and AI-Driven Programs for Business

Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are all the rage these days, and for good reason. The technology behind once too-good-to-be-true tools like facial recognition and 3D printing has advanced by leaps and bounds. Many of us own or pine for “smart” devices and use dozens of apps a day for personal purposes. So what about…

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How to Establish a Real “Worldwide” Web Presence

It’s a well-known fact that people prefer to shop in their native language. Naturally, they feel more comfortable when they completely understand what they’re reading. The same goes for searching online. It’s highly unlikely that potential consumers in foreign markets will find their way to your website using English-language searches, which means you need to…

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(Bilingual) Help Wanted

Janet, a personnel manager at a fast-growing start-up, hoped to give her company a competitive edge in an international field by recruiting bilingual employees. She got some unexpected results. Her first big surprise was discovering that many applicants who made no mention of language skills on their résumés reported being able to speak two, three,…

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Media Contact

Walter W. Bacak, Jr. CAE, ATA Executive Director
+1-703-683-6100 ext. 3006  |  walter@atanet.org