Ben Karl

Email Chair


Rachel Echeto
Christina Guerrero Harmon
Cristina Helmerichs
Bill Rivers
Jennifer Santiagos
Caitilin Walsh


Working actively with government agencies as well as foundations, universities, and other organizations and stakeholders to promote the recognition of the translation and interpreting professions has been part of ATA's mission since it was founded in 1959. The Advocacy Committee was established to advise the Board of Directors on policy and legislative issues affecting translation, interpreting, and related fields.

The Committee is asked to do the following:

  • monitor the activities of local, state, and national legislative and regulatory bodies;
  • provide recommendations for responding to requests from these bodies;
  • provide information regarding government activities to the Board and the general membership; and
  • address international regulatory issues, as appropriate.