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ATA 2023 Elections Update: Final Slate of Candidates Announced

ATA will hold its regularly scheduled elections during ATA’s 64th Annual Conference in Miami, October 25–28, 2023, to elect a president-elect, secretary, and treasurer (each a two-year term), as well as three directors (each a three-year term).

The slate of candidates for the 2023 elections has now been finalized by ATA’s Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC). Article VII, Section 2 d. 2) of the ATA Bylaws states that the NLDC “shall propose multiple candidates for each elective position of the Association….”

This year’s candidates are:

Geoff Koby
Meghan McCallum

Robin Bonthrone
Marian S. Greenfield

Eve Bodeux
Helen Eby

Yasmin Alkashef
Analía Bogdan
Jason Knapp
Jessie Liu
Daniel Sebesta
Robert Sette
Chaowei Zhu

Candidate statements and photos of the candidates will appear in the September/October issue of The ATA Chronicle and on ATA’s website.

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Supreme Court of Georgia Adopts Updated Rules Regarding Court Interpreters

Supreme Court of Georgia (GA) (06/27/23)

The Supreme Court of Georgia has adopted a comprehensive update to the Rules for the Use of Interpreters for Non-English-Speaking and Hearing-Impaired Persons, which was proposed earlier this year by the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Court Interpreters. The amended rules will go into effect on January 1, 2024.

The Standing Committee, established in June 2021, replaced the Supreme Court’s Georgia Commission on Interpreters and was tasked with revising and modernizing the rules, which were last updated in 2012. Led by Justice Carla Wong McMillian and City of Suwanee Municipal Court Judge Norman Cuadra, the committee proposed revisions to the substance and format of the rules, including establishing licensing programs and minimum requirements and procedures for qualifying interpreters.

Among the more significant and substantive changes, the amended rules designate three categories of licensed interpreters: master licensed legal interpreter, licensed legal interpreter, and conditionally licensed legal interpreter. These designations take into account the complexity and gravity of various proceedings and the corresponding requisite skills, creating a framework that courts can use to appoint qualified interpreters from the state’s interpreter roster. The rules also allow for a designation for apprentice interpreters and for individuals to act as interpreters in situations in which it would be overly burdensome or impossible to use an interpreter from the interpreter roster.

New requirements, including continuing education, which is necessary for interpreters to maintain their licensing designation, are also outlined in the amended rules. The rules also clarify the procedures for disciplining interpreters, mirroring those used by the Judicial Council Board of Court Reporting.

“I commend the committee members for their diligence in ensuring that these amended rules increase access to justice in Georgia, in particular for those who are non-native English speakers or who are deaf or hard of hearing,” Chief Justice Michael Boggs said. “The committee’s work is another step in bolstering the professionalism of Georgia’s court interpreting practice.”


Deaf Boulder Resident Sues City, Accuses Police of Taking Children without Providing Interpreter

Daily Camera (CO) (06/28/23) Carlson, Amber

Boulder resident Joslynn Montoya and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) have filed a lawsuit accusing the city of violating Montoya’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing a sign language interpreter.

Montoya, who is deaf, claims her two young children were removed from her custody after a miscommunication last year with Boulder police. According to the lawsuit, the situation could have been avoided if police had provided Montoya with a sign language interpreter after she requested one numerous times. The CCDC, a disability rights organization with statewide membership, joined Montoya as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. Montoya is also a CCDC member.

A complaint filed in June stated that Montoya and her children were living at a domestic violence shelter in Boulder on May 17, 2022, when a shelter employee attempted to speak with her. Montoya couldn’t understand the employee and tried to communicate through a video relay service (VRS), which lets people with hearing disabilities converse with a voice caller via a sign language interpreter.

According to the lawsuit, Montoya understood through the exchange with the shelter employee that she and her family had to leave the shelter by 7:00 p.m. and tried to find other lodgings. Around 3:30 p.m., the staff called officers from the Boulder Police Department (BPD) to the shelter “for reasons unknown to Ms. Montoya.” At 5:30 p.m., Officer C. Davick arrived at the scene, followed by several others. The officers were aware that Montoya was deaf before they arrived and, according to reports from other officers, Davick had been called to assist because she knew sign language.

According to the lawsuit, Davick tried to communicate with Montoya, who saw that the officer was attempting to fingerspell words, but “none of the BPD agents present during this encounter ever attempted to communicate with Montoya using American Sign Language (ASL).” The lawsuit stated that Montoya cannot communicate effectively via fingerspelling and communicates mainly using ASL. She is also not proficient in lip-reading or verbal communication and has limited written English skills.

Davick’s fingerspelling of “trespass” and “arrest,” which Montoya recognized, confused her because she assumed she could stay in her room until 7:00 p.m. She then requested that the officers provide an ASL interpreter for her, but they did not do so even after multiple requests. Police reports state that Montoya then became “animated,” telling the officers they needed to adhere to ADA regulations, and described her as “defiant,” “belligerent,” and “actively resisting.”

Montoya contacted her advocate at the nonprofit Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment to relay her need for an interpreter. Police started exchanging texts with the advocate, but Davick apparently had difficulty communicating with them.

The advocate told police that the nonprofit would reserve a hotel room and pay for Montoya and her family to stay the night, but Montoya would need to provide an ID and a credit or debit card for a room deposit. According to the lawsuit, Montoya provided identification, but Davick erroneously thought she couldn’t provide everything required to secure the hotel room “due to breakdowns in communication.”

The police then removed Montoya’s children from her custody for the night because they didn’t believe she had the means to pay the security deposit. The lawsuit stated that through this action, Boulder “denied Ms. Montoya the opportunity and ability to meaningfully access and participate in her interviews with the BPD” and emotionally and psychological damaged her and her children by separating them.

The lawsuit also claimed the BPD lacks policies for communications with people with disabilities, which means disabled community members could encounter further discrimination. “I want to say how critical it is for law enforcement, and any other government agency, to make sure that communication is effective for people with disabilities before taking such drastic steps like removing their children,” said Andrew Montoya, the plaintiffs’ attorney. “The ADA has been law for over 30 years, so it’s not a secret what needs to happen.”

Boulder spokesperson Sarah Huntley said the city is “currently reviewing the lawsuit and will respond as appropriate through the court system.”


Bringing Indigenous Languages into Public Schools

Northwest Public Broadcasting (WA) (07/03/23) Gallup, Lauren

A number of public schools in Washington State are partnering with local tribes to bring Indigenous languages into classrooms in an effort to rectify the marred history of Native American boarding schools.

When boarding schools punished Native children for speaking their languages, many of those languages were not passed on to future generations. Educators feel that having these programs in public schools is a way to broaden the reach of Native languages.

Rachael Barger is a teacher on special assignment with the Bethel School District, one of the districts partnering with the Nisqually Tribe to bring its Southern Lushootseed language into the classroom for a small subset of students. About 5% of Bethel’s student population identifies as American Indian, Alaskan Native, two or more races, or Hispanic and Native. Barger serves 200 Title VI Indian Education Program students for the district. (Title VI is a federal program that aims to meet the specific needs of Native American students.)

So far, the tribe and district have partnered to bring language classes to two elementary schools for students who qualify for Title VI. Barger said those students were excited to learn the language because it felt unique to them. “It’s something almost like they feel like celebrities because the language is now something that they own,” Barger said. “It’s been really neat to see them build confidence.”

Together with the Nisqually Tribe, Barger said she hopes the district can expand the program beyond Title VI, perhaps as an after-school program offered to older students.

The language work being undertaken by Barger and the Nisqually is part of broader efforts to expand and uplift culture and identity for the tribe.

“You’re starting to see everything awakening right now here in Nisqually,” said Willie Frank III, chair of the Nisqually Tribe. “You’re seeing everything come together for the tribes, and it all weaves together.”

Frank said he thinks it’s a perfect time to focus again on the tribe’s cultural traditions. “What I was taught was to tell our story and keep building our people up, and that’s what we’re doing with all this great work in here. I think about the art, the culture, and the language—that’s going to be something that sustains us.”

New Connecticut Law Guarantees Interpreters for Parents, but Schools Concerned about Cost

News12 Connecticut (CT) (07/12/23) Craven, John

Soon, thousands of parents in Connecticut who don’t speak English will have an easier time communicating with their children’s teachers. Lawmakers recently passed a new Parent Bill of Rights guaranteeing parents an interpreter and other language services.

Governor Ned Lamont signed the bill into law as part of a larger education bill this month, when he met with advocates for immigrant communities to explain more about who will be impacted.

“From the bottom of my heart, I want to make sure this is the most welcoming state in the country,” Lamont told advocates. “You can’t be a parent involved in your child’s education if you don’t understand what’s going on in the classroom,” Lamont said.

The new law will require schools to provide parents with access to an interpreter or translated material for all school communications, including Board of Education meetings. Parents will receive a school orientation in their native language and schools are now banned—by state law—from asking for proof of citizenship to enroll. The changes impact nearly 50,000 students classified as English Language Learners. According to the State Department of Education, that number has jumped 30% in just five years.

Flor Galindo, who has two children in school, is glad that public schools will now be required to increase access to translated material and interpreters, including written materials in a family’s dominant language. Galindo, who is originally from Peru, is now looking forward to the mandates of the Parent Bill of Rights to go into effect, feeling she will be better able to advocate for her children. “My main objective is to fight for my kids’ welfare, to fight for their right to a better education, so that they can be professionals when they grow up.”

The immigrant support organization Make the Road Connecticut has been advocating for this law throughout the legislative session. “Parents can have an active voice in their child’s education,” said Megan Scharrer, a community organizer for Make the Road Connecticut.

According to a nonpartisan fiscal analysis, it’s still unclear how much the new mandates will cost. That has some school systems concerned.

“According to the State Department of Education, there are 95 native languages,” Lon Seidman with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education told lawmakers in February. “So, it may be difficult to find a certified interpreter in each of those languages.”

The bill is expected go into effect for the 2024-25 school year.

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There is a vast disparity between what audiovisual translators are paid in Latin America compared to their peers in Spain and Portugal. In this video, Ana Gabriela Gonzalez Meade, a founding member of ATA’s Audiovisual Division, discusses the current reality and briefly introduces the complexities of the art of audiovisual translation.

Ana has an MA in translation studies from the University of Portsmouth and is certified by the University of Barcelona in Spanish proofreading and style. She has over 10,000 translated and reviewed program hours for broadcasting, DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming media found on content from Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Fox, Disney, Apple TV+, and the big screen. A previous territory manager for Latin America at Pixelogic, and now at IDC NY, she raises awareness for the field as an active audiovisual translation educator, speaking at international conferences and seminars. She is the editor of Deep Focus, the division’s newsletter.

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On July 26, ASTM International’s Technical Committee F43 on Language Services and Products will hold the second part of its virtual Biannual Meeting of All Members to discuss international standards presented by Technical Subcommittee F43.03 on Language Translation.


  • WK46396 New Practice for Analytic Evaluation of Translation Quality
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