Advocacy in Pennsylvania: Update

By ATA | 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 state courts by the State of Pennsylvania. We appreciate that changes to state policy are considered only after consultation with language professionals and the impacts on the people we serve. Read…

ATA Joins Red-T in Advocating for Interpreters

By ATA | 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 a letter to the U.S. Department of State, the coalition noted that the complicated and often problematic Special Immigrant Visa process has left many local civilian linguists and their families waiting…

Advocacy in Pennsylvania

By ATA | 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 Language Access Coalition (TSLAC). The message? It is not okay to cut pay for remote interpreting by 50 percent. TSLAC is a professional organization formed to represent interpreters, translators, and other…

ATA Asks Senate to Amend PRO Act

By ATA | 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. labor law, including the adoption of the ABC worker classification test at the federal level. This will make it more difficult for individuals to claim independent contractor status. A similar ABC…

ATA Requests the CDC to Explicitly List Interpreters

By ATA | 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 eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the Phase 1 schedule. Former CDC Director Redfield responded that the CDC’s guidelines are recommendations and that state and local public health authorities can make…

ATA Petitions CDC to Include Interpreters

By ATA | December 22, 2020

Following the release of the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program recommendations, ATA petitioned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to explicitly include on-site medical interpreters among the listed examples of health care personnel eligible for Phase 1 vaccinations. Twenty other organizations co-signed the ATA letter. Robert R. Redfield, M.D. Director, Centers for Disease Control and…

ATA Position on Mandatory Employee Classification Legislation

By ATA | September 24, 2020

The American Translators Association (ATA), the voice of interpreters and translators in the United States, represents 10,000 professional translators and interpreters who work in a wide array of fields. There are more than 57,000 translators and interpreters in the US working in a market estimated to be worth $13.29 billion.1 ATA believes that mandatory employee…

ATA Statement on Racism and Inequality

By The ATA Chronicle | July 20, 2020

ATA stands in solidarity with our members and colleagues who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those in the communities they serve.

ATA Sends Open Letter to the California Assembly and Senate

By ATA | April 14, 2020

California AB 2257 will be heard by California’s influential Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, August 17. This is the last chance for the bill to be amended to exempt “professional translators and interpreters” from AB 5. ATA has sent an Open Letter to the California Assembly and Senate to the legislature and the committee’s members.…