OSTI goes to IMIA in Washington, DC

Helen Eby, Jazmin Manjarrez and Jeanette Poston will be going to the IMIA conference in the Washington, DC, area and have appointments with the staff of Sen. Wyden and Sen. Merkley and with Rep. Susanne Bonamici. Are you going too? Let us know, and look for their reports!

Our highlights:
• Interpreter qualifications should be required of all interpreters. See the Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Services Standards.
• Working with professional medical interpreters (or professional court or school interpreters) actually saves money.

One of our members, Emily Safrin, prepared this handout! We consulted with NAJIT as we prepared it, because our colleague Esther Navarro-Hall, the NAJIT Chair, will be going with us. We are honored to be able to do joint advocacy with NAJIT, the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators.

Why use certified, qualified interpreters and other trained language professionals?

While they are in Washington, DC, there will be a public hearing in the Senate, in Salem, on the law that affects health care interpreters in Oregon. See the details here.

The hearing for HB2419 has been scheduled in the Senate Health Care Committee on Wednesday, April 22nd at 3:00 pm in Hearing Room A.