Month: June 2015

New! Victims have a right to a court interpreter

According to HB 2339, the Court is now required to appoint an interpreter when it is necessary to interpret open court proceedings for a victim who seeks to exercise his or her rights or to attend or participate… Read More

Ramadan: How to connect with our Muslim neighbors

On June 18, 2015, Melissa Binder wrote this article in The Oregonian: There’s more to fasting than not eating: 8 questions about Ramadan Some highlights: * Less than O.5% of the Portland population is Muslim, but they have… Read More

New Medical Interpreter Information Initiative

The American Translators Association (ATA) has launched a Medical Interpreter Information Initiative, an effort of the ATA Medical Division, with the support of the ATA Interpreters Division. Appropriately, they started with an article about CLAS Standards, by Christina… Read More

HB2419 signed into law by governor on June 10

Update: Signed into law by the Governor on June 10. The full text of the law, as signed, is here: HB2419 The Health Care Interpreter law is implemented in ORS 413.550 to 413.558 Some key changes: * ASL… Read More

Language access and civil rights

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity that receives Federal funds or other Federal financial assistance. This includes language access…. Read More

Medical Interpreting – CCHI special group fee for Oregon Interpreters

Updated post! Until December 31, 2015, The Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) is pleased to offer a special rate to Oregon interpreters for the written CoreCHI™ exam, which is part of CCHI’s national certification process. • Registration:… Read More

Medical interpreting promotes understanding

Medical Interpreters put the “I understand” in medical visits, sometimes helping to save lives in the process. Mary Owen, a reporter for the Northwest Boomer and Senior News, interviewed interpreters in Portland and Salem to report to the… Read More