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Where are translators and interpreters today and what comes next? To answer this question, Helen Eby will explore the history of language access in the United States, some definitions of the roles of translators and interpreters, and updated regulations found in contracts and rules in federal and state governments. She will draw on recent conversations with stakeholders, freelancers and clients to explain her vision of where the profession is going.

Helen Eby is the Administrator of the ATA Interpreters Division, the Vice Chair of the Oregon Council for Health Care Interpreters, an active member of NAJIT, and is a founding member of the Spanish Editors Association because she believes that the language second to English in number of speakers in the US should have a copy editors society. She participates in her local Chamber of Commerce, where she learns how businesses connect and what her clients are looking for. You will often find her at her computer, answering the phone, and doing research to support the profession.