Newsbriefs: March 2, 2021

How ATA’s Socially Distanced School Outreach Works

Schools may be closed, but ATA’s School Outreach Program is still going strong—in fact, even better!

Listen in to Episode 53 of The ATA Podcast as host Matt Bair interviews Meghan Konkol, coordinator of ATA’s School Outreach Program, and Molly Yurick, deputy chair of ATA’s Public Relations Committee, to find out how the program has adapted to social distancing. Along the way, Meghan and Molly discuss the program’s mission and the goal of supporting both members and schools. They also share their own personal experiences and offer tips for both in-person and virtual presentations. Matt talks about his own school outreach experience, and why the approach he took doesn’t require a lot of preparation.

So, don’t miss this podcast to discover how you can share your passion for language with students—and possibly win a free registration to ATA’s 62nd Annual Conference in the process.

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Industry News

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Interpreter Charged with Disclosing Investigation to Targeted Drug Dealer

U.S. Department of Justice (DC) (02/17/21)

A Spanish interpreter who worked for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been charged with intentionally disclosing a criminal investigation and a court-ordered wiretap to the target of the investigation.

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Wichita State University Professor Champions Legislation Ensuring Kansas Hospitals Have Qualified Interpreters

The Sunflower (KS) (02/20/21) Kelly, Matthew

Unlike many states, Kansas doesn’t require hospitals and clinics to provide certified interpreters. Prospective interpreters are also not required to log a certain number of training hours before being thrust into real-world situations. As a result, non-English-speaking patients often find themselves in the middle of high-stakes medical conversations without a qualified interpreter.

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31 Florida Counties Agree to Settle Legal Fight Over Spanish-Language Ballots

CNN (NY) (02/01/21) Chavez, Nicole

Nearly half of Florida’s counties have agreed to provide Spanish-language assistance and materials to voters after a years-long legal battle.

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NASA Provides Spanish-Language Broadcast for Mars Landing

Public Radio International (CA) (02/19/21) McGowan, Amanda

In February, humankind witnessed an amazing achievement in space exploration: the landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. To give the historic moment a more international reach, and in honor of the Hispanic NASA professionals involved with the project, the agency featured real-time Spanish-language commentary of the landing.

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Virginia Pays $115,000 to Prisoner Who Says He Was Punished for Not Speaking English

The Washington Post (DC) (01/22/21) Weiner, Rachel

The Commonwealth of Virginia has agreed to pay Nicholas Reyes, a convicted murderer, $115,000 and establish a policy to ensure that non-English-speakers in the prison system are not isolated due to an inability to communicate.

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ATA News

ATA New Member Orientation Session

Start your membership off on the right foot by learning how to take advantage of all the benefits ATA has to offer! Attend this free one-hour member orientation session for a roadmap to the “what, why, and how” of member benefits.

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ATA Mentoring—It’s Not Just for Newcomers

You might assume that mentoring is for newcomers. You’d be wrong, especially when it comes to ATA’s Mentoring Program.

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How Do I Contact ATA?

We’re here to answer your questions! Call us at +1-703-683-6100 or email

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ATA Webinar: Business Planning for Translators and Interpreters

Presenter: Helen Eby
Date: March 9, 2021
Time: 12 noon U.S. Eastern Time
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: English
Level: All
CE Points: 1.5 ATA-approved

Free to ATA Members!

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ATA Webinar: Interpreting Idioms and Cultural References

Presenter: Yuliya Speroff
Date: March 13, 2021
Time: 12 noon U.S.

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Coming Up in the March/April Issue of The ATA Chronicle

ATA Joins Forces with the Association of Language Companies to Bridge the Education/Career Gap

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