ATA response to the Department of Homeland Security Draft Language Access Plans

At the ATA conference, and before and after, several of us worked on responding to the Draft Language Access Plans the DHS had published. The Administrator of the ATA Interpreter Division attended a live meeting, where they asked… Read More

Oregon medical interpreting on NPR!

If you hadn’t heard already, Oregon’s health care interpreters made national news on NPR’s Morning Edition today. It’s exciting to think of all the leaders and influencers across the country listening to how this issue is affecting us… Read More

OSTI in Albany on August 17 – great party!

The party in Albany was great! We got to reconnect with some of the people who had helped us launch the court interpreters’ effort, connected with new people, and there was an incredible mix: • Spanish court interpreters… Read More

OSTI Thanks Rep. Williamson

On Saturday, July 19, under the hot summer sun, I arrived at Ruby Vineyard and Winery in Hillsboro to attend the fundraiser for District 36 Representative Jennifer Williamson. The drive in had been flat-out gorgeous, dotted with ripe… Read More

Interview from the Jefferson Exchange

Today, July 17, 2014, I was interviewed by The Jefferson Exchange. The interviewer was startled by the fact that cost drives things enough that I’ve been asked to recommend a non-certified interpreter at times. I highlighted that training… Read More

Oregon interpreting issues in the news

Over the last couple of years, several articles about interpreting in Oregon have been published. July 11, 2014, Oregon Public Broadcasting: Oregon has a shortage of certified medical interpreters July 1, 2014, in the Albany Democrat-Herald: an article… Read More

Situation of medical interpreters in Oregon

In May of 2013 the International Medical Interpreter Association hosted its Annual National Medical Interpreter Certification Forum in Portland, Oregon. According to The Oregonian, the high cost of medical interpreting certification is the main challenge for the 3,500… Read More

Court interpreter rate change

For the first time since its inception in 1995, the rate for Oregon certified court interpreters has been raised. The original rate was $32.50/hour, minimum 2 hours. The current rate, as of July 1, 2013, is $40/hour, minimum… Read More