ATA submitted this response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Language Access Plan on November 14, 2014. It was downloaded from the ATA site on February 15, 2017. This is the link to the document on the ATA site. Helen Eby is listed as one of the authors on page 42.
Having a job description is essential. All pay rates are attached to well-defined job descriptions, besides having additional specializations, etc. Please refer to these role definitions for interpreters, translators translator-transcribers and terminologists, and send them to your clients. They have been endorsed by highly recognized professional associations. Helen Eby is listed as a member of the drafting and editorial team.
- Oregon Interpreting and Translation Needs
- Advocacy 101 for Interpreters and Translators
- NAJIT Advocacy Flyer – 5.15.17
Why get certified?
The Washington State Interpreters Union published a review of 621,659 interpreters appointments from 2014 to 2016. The results? 0.63% complaint rate that required discipline. 14 interpreters terminated. 91% fill rate. This was all with certified or screened interpreters per Washington standards. Check pages 4, 5 and 6 in this report. I expect the results to be similar with certified translators, though I have not seen studies on this topic.