ATA Issues Statement on AB 5 and Mandatory Employee Classification

By ATA | January 30, 2020

The recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) in California will reclassify freelance translators and interpreters as employees beginning January 1, with devastating effect financially on many of our colleagues working in the state.

International Translation Day 2019

By ATA | September 30, 2019

Telling Your Story! What do translators and interpreters really do? What’s a day like for a translator or interpreter? Why are translators and interpreters important to business, medicine, law, and more? ATA invites translators and interpreters around the world to help us tell their story. Here’s how! Check out ATA’s short animated video showing how…

Statement Opposing Discontinuing Immigration Interpreting Services

By ATA | July 24, 2019

The American Translators Association (ATA) has issued a statement opposing the Department of Justice plan to discontinue in-person interpreting services at initial hearings for individuals facing potential deportation. ATA states that without access to a qualified, professional interpreter, individuals facing deportation from the U.S. will be denied the fair and equal treatment guaranteed under the…

ATA Advocates on Behalf of Interpreters: Statement Opposing Lower Interpreter Exam Scores in Texas

By ATA | March 19, 2019

The American Translators Association (ATA) warned federal and state officials about the consequences of lowering their standards for providing professional interpreters. ATA Opposes Lower Interpreter Exam Scores in Texas Two bills to lower court interpreter exam scores to 60% are under consideration in the Texas Legislature. ATA has voiced its opposition to the proposals in…

ATA Cited in The Washington Post and The Hill

By ATA | January 15, 2019

The Washington Post and The Hill cited the American Translators Association in articles concerning possible ethical issues if Congress subpoenas the U.S. interpreter who accompanied President Trump during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last July. An earlier report by The Post stated that Trump tried to conceal conversations he had with…

ATA Celebrates International Translation Day 2018

By ATA | September 30, 2018

The American Translators Association will celebrate International Translation Day on Friday, September 28. ATA is set to make this year’s International Translation Day all about reaching out and changing the way the world sees translators and interpreters. Join us on September 28 for a social media blitz on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram to…

ATA Position Paper Machine Translation: A Clear Approach to a Complex Topic

By ATA | August 14, 2018

ATA’s position on Machine Translation Machine translation is one of several valuable tools that translators can use to produce a professional translation. For reliable and secure translation, machine translation should not be used without the ongoing involvement of professional translators. Computers can be very sophisticated in calculating the likelihood of a certain translation, but they…

ATA Members in The Boston Globe and The Daily Beast

By ATA | March 15, 2018

The Boston Globe and The Daily Beast interviewed several members of the American Translators Association for articles concerning the possible summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Both news outlets contacted ATA to find out about the challenges interpreters in such high-pressure situations face when interpreting the conversations…

ATA Holds Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

By ATA | October 25, 2017

The American Translators Association (ATA), the nation’s largest professional organization for translators and interpreters, held its first Translation and Interpreting (T&I) Advocacy Day in conjunction with the Association’s 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. On October 25, nearly 50 translators and interpreters traveled to Capitol Hill, where they met with staffers in 68 Congressional offices…