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How to Screw an Afghan

Tamar Halpern | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Tamar Halpern

What's the best way to thank Afghans who have risked their lives helping U.S. troops? Offer them a chance to live in America, and then make the process impossible and the costs astronomical.

Is ASL Interpreting the Right Career for You?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.02.2015 | College
Lydia L. Callis

All deaf individuals deserve an qualified interpreter with the skills to get the job done right. Over the past 25 years, ASL interpreters have worked hard to create a high standard of quality within our field. This begins at the very foundation: education.

The Day After Tomorrow: What Congress Needs to Accomplish This Year

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

None of these items are particularly controversial, but represent simple ways that we can save lives, save money, and make laws fairer. It's too early to call it quits for the year -- it will be even more difficult to get anything done next year with half of the Senate running for president.

John Oliver Just Made Us All Feel Like Jackasses

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Comedy

On Sunday night, John Oliver pointed out that the U.S. process for issuing special immigrant visas for translators is so difficult that it has more st...

Creating Deaf Accessibility in the Workplace

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

What if you didn't get the job because of the color of your eyes? Or because you were too tall? In 2014, this kind of hiring discrimination might sound absurd, but for deaf job candidates it is a difficult reality.

Four Habits of Expert Doctor-Communicators

Mila Golovine | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Mila Golovine

As an intern, young Conan considered himself privileged to be working under Dr. Joseph Bell. At the University of Edinburgh Medical School, the good doctor was a legend.

ASL Goes Viral

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

How do deaf people enjoy music? Vibrations, beats, lights, interpreted lyrics and awesome dance moves. It is inspiring to see mainstream media outlets exploring all-access entertainment, even if it's happening slowly.

Equality Equals Qualified Interpreters

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

As the interpreting field continues to evolve, members of the Deaf community have struggled for solidarity on the subject of qualified interpreters.

The US Is Failing Its Friends and Allies

Matt Zeller | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Matt Zeller

I was a guest in their country and they took incredible care of me. And this is how we repay them -- with continuous bureaucratic ineptitude.

Endangered Afghan Interpreters: Washington Should Welcome its Friends

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. relied heavily on interpreters, most recruited from the local population. Yet the U.S. government has refused to welcome those who have done so much to help America.

Why Immigration Reform Is Good for Translation, Just Not for the Reasons You Think

Nataly Kelly | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Nataly Kelly

How does immigration boost the economy? There are many reasons, but the short answer is that immigration adds more people who in turn spend more money. Businesses benefit from this spending, a fact reflected in the larger economy.

Profiles in Translation: Inside the World of a Professional Baseball Interpreter

Nataly Kelly | Posted 03.25.2013 | Sports
Nataly Kelly

Baseball interpreters have been in the news a lot recently, due to the decision to allow interpreters to approach the pitching mound during games. I recently caught up with Kenji Nimura, an experienced professional interpreter for Japanese, Spanish, and English for players in the Major League.

Ten Ways That Carter Influenced Translation -- and Vice Versa

Nataly Kelly | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Nataly Kelly

Translation affects the oval office in more ways than most people realize. Likewise, the commander-in-chief has extraordinary power to shape policy related to translation and language in general.

Georgia School In Need Of Spanish-Speaking Volunteers | Jonathan Cribbs | Posted 07.31.2012 | Latino Voices

Henderson Middle School is "desperate" for Spanish-speaking volunteers, according to an email sent to parents today....

Mass. Woman Gets Grant To Start Training Foreign Language Speakers As Medical Interpreters

Malden Patch | Posted 04.13.2012 | Impact

An Israeli citizen born in Russia, Maria Vertkin speaks five languages – though not all of them well, she jokes – and has been translating profess...

Meet Jack Jason: The Most Famous Interpreter in the World

Nataly Kelly | Posted 09.17.2011 | Home
Nataly Kelly

What does it feel like for 8.4 million viewers to hang onto your every word as you make your case to Donald Trump? While Marlee Matlin's words are hers and hers alone, the voice that renders them into English belongs to a man by the name of Jack Jason.

State of Oregon First to Adopt National Certification for Medical Interpreters

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters announced today that the State of Oregon has become the first state in the nation to offi...

Remembering Ingratitude on Thanksgiving

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

In Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops have relied on local translators, cultural interpreters, and go-betweens. We have not shown these people even half the gratitude that we offered to a dog in the past week.

Protections of Justice System Should Apply to Us All, Even Non-English Speakers

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

With more than 176 different languages and dialects spoken in the United States, we still have a long way to go to assure full support for all legal Limited English Proficiency defendants in court cases.

Lost in Translation: The High Cost of Interpreting in the Middle East

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Interpreters have some of the most high risk jobs in war zones.

Misclassification of Workers Puts Courts, Due Process in Jeopardy for Limited English Speakers Here Legally

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

The federal Civil Rights Act requires state courts that receive federal funds (virtually all of them) to provide properly-credentialed interpreters in...

Not All Interpretation Services Are Created Equal

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

As a result of the devastating earthquake that recently hit Haiti, roughly 40,000 Haitian immigrants will soon arrive in the United States, mainly for...

Language Interpretation Services in Health Care Industry Reach Tipping Point in 2010

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

The health care plan being debated in Congress promises to bring millions more limited English speaking legal immigrants into a system already struggling to communicate with many of the patients it has.

The Effects of the Subjugation of English

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

If we really want our society to be more cohesive, if we want everyone to be treated equally, the way to do that is to insure that people who live here speak the same language.

US Army Bans Masks For Iraqi Interpreters, Putting Many At Risk

Washington Post | Ernesto LondoñO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD -- The U.S. military has barred Iraqi interpreters working with American troops in Baghdad from wearing ski masks to disguise themselves, prom...