Advocacy in Pennsylvania: Court Interpreters Win Fair Compensation

By ATA | November 30, 2021

Earlier this year, when the Administrative Offices of the Pennsylvania Courts announced plans to reduce pay for remote interpreting by 50%, ATA joined the Tri-State Language Access Coalition (TSLAC) to warn the courts that the policy change was short-sighted. The Association stated that the pay cut was an unacceptable reduction in compensation for a mandated…

ATA Calls for Fair Working Conditions for Translators in the Entertainment Industry

ATA Calls for Fair Working Conditions for Translators in the Entertainment Industry

By ATA | November 18, 2021

The American Translators Association (ATA) has shared an open letter in response to recent statements in the press and on social media about a shortage of professional translators and subtitlers. The letter is a call for fair working conditions for translators in the entertainment industry. “There is no shortage, but instead a disconnect between the…

The White House

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

By ATA | 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 interpreters and their families to a safe location outside Afghanistan. “Acting swiftly is strategically important because linguists are essential in the global war on terror, and their safety is inextricably tied…

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…