New Mexico: Savoring the Spanish of my youth as the language marches on
Article by Simon Romero, published in the New York Times on August 23, 1017 Read here: TIMES INSIDER
Is it ever okay to ask children to interpret for their parents?
When is it OK to ask children to translate for their parents in emergency situations? That’s a question law enforcement agencies are wrestling with more and more. That’s because 18.5 million children in the U.S. have at least one immigrant parent, and more than half of those parents don’t speak English fluently. Read more here.
This article in the New England Journal of Medicine by Ranjana Srivastava gives a window into the emotional challenges of medical interpreting. NEJM, the Interpreter
Discounted training for NMTIA members
If you were a member of NMTIA in September 2016, we are offering a one-time discount of $15 to an NMTIA-organized training event. This is a thank you for your patience while our website was unavailble for most of the year in 2016. You can use this discount at our upcoming training on April 15 with Virginia Valencia (more info here)
List of members who can receive the one-time discount here: NMTIA members Sept 2016!
Literary Awards Department at PEN America.
This morning, we announced the 2017/PEN Heim Translation Fund Grants, which we feel may be of interest to you.
For the fourteenth year in a row PEN America is pleased to announce our 15 Heim Fund grantees, whose translation works span 13 different languages and a diverse range of genres. Alongside this PEN is also celebrating the inaugural winner of the new PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature.
To read the judges’ citations and excerpts from honorees’ work, please visit: https://pen.org/announcing-201
Should you have any questions regarding the award, the recipients or our Translation Fund in general, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Imogen Fordyce, Literary Awards Department, PEN AMERICA
Continuing Education News
2016 was a busy year for NMTIA programs. On April 24-25, Federally Certified Interpreter Ines Swaney gave three workshops in Albuquerque, one on Improvisation Techniques for Interpreters (two sessions) and one on Depositions. These were language neutral, well attended, and got rave reviews. On November 12, NMTIA President and NM Certified Court Interpreter Lisa O’Grady gave a class on ethics for court interpreters after our membership meeting and we topped off the year with a tour of the Albuquerque crime lab on December 9.
Nancy Kathryn Ruiz in Memorium
Founding member, former president and original webmaster of NMTIA, Nancy Ruiz, died suddenly on August 26, 2016 at the age of 79. Nancy was a a brilliant software engineer, scientific translator, and musician who lived an amazing and inspirational life. She will be sorely missed by everyone in the interpreting and translating community in New Mexico, and far beyond. Please take a few minutes to read about her life in this obituary in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Her son Carlos shared the following lovely video about her life, which was shown at her memorial on November 12. She will be missed.
Donations requested for NMTIA member
Juan José Peña, a pioneer of court interpreting in New Mexico and lifetime honorary member of NMTIA for his contributions to the profession. Last November Juan José suffered a severe heart attack, and is facing major expenses to help with his 24-hour care and recovery. If you’re able to make a contribution to his medical fund, it would be greatly appreciated. Everything helps! For more information and to make an online donation, please follow this link.
Thank you for your generosity!
Court Interpreters Say When They’re Mistreated, Immigrates Suffer Too
Translation: Better pay and higher standards mean a more just system for all
Article from the Huffington Post, click link below. “The labor dispute is now spilling into the immigration courts, and it’s having an impact on the immigration judges, the attorneys like myself and, more importantly, … the individuals that are before the courts,” Nieblas said. “That shouldn’t be the case.”
How can we better represent you?
NMTIA aims to represent and provide useful training for translators and interpreters in all languages and fields. However, our board is currently dominated by court interpreters, primarily working in Spanish<>English. If you are NOT a Spanish court interpreters, we need your help! Here are a few ideas:
1) Please consider nominating yourself for the board during the next elections (January)
2) Help organize an NMTIA training in your area of interest/specialization
3) Give us ideas about what trainings would be useful, and how we can better represent you.
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