Draft schedule for NMTIA 2020 Conference


Conference Master Schedule 2-27-20

Conference Master Program 2-27-20


Conference Master Schedule 2-12-20

Conference Master Program 2-12-20

Juan José Peña Scholarship 2020

This $500 scholarship from NMTIA will help an NMTIA member in good standing to attend a nationa interpreter-translator conference. The recipient will be a member who has never before attended a national conference and commits to taking NMTIA materials to the conference and reporting back on their experience to membership. All members are welcome to apply, however, preference will be given to interpreters/translators who work in languages other than Spanish. Application deadline February 1, 2020. Complete details NMTIA_2020_Conference_Scholarship_appliction.

Some Dem candidates relying on Google Translate in official websites

Politico reviews Democratic presidential primary candidates’ Spanish-language websites – those that exist – and finds defects of all kinds, including reliance on machine translation.


Germans battle over gender neutrality in language

The use of an asterisk to replace masculine or feminine word endings has re-ignited a cultural/linguistic fight over language purity at a time of cultural change.


Court interpretation quality varies by state

A survey piece in Stateline, an initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts, shows that court interpreting in some states – not New Mexico – leaves a lot to be desired. Some states don’t even certify interpreters, and some that do certify don’t always require certification as a condition for working in legal proceedings.


Desperate Afghan interpreters still wait for visas

Afghans who risked their lives to work with American troops face death all over again as the U.S.  government delays or denies visa applications. The Trump administration reduced visa issuance last year by 60 percent from 2017. But the Obama administration did not do much better for interpreters. More than has been killed while waiting for visas.


State Dept. Interpreter caught up in Trump investigation

  Some Democrats in the House of Representatives want to hear testimony from State Dept. interpreter Marina Gross about President Trump’s unusual diplomatic behavior. The demand was first made last year, but now that Democrats are in the House majority, Gross could be subpoenaed to testify in Congress. The call for her to speak to Congress also follows a New York Times report that Trump seized her notes after meeting with Putin in Hamburg in 2017. However, some commentators argue on ethical grounds against summoning Gross to testify.



Mexican court interpreters documentary

A 12-minute documentary on the New York Times website provides a fascinating look at the work of interpreters in Chihuahua who work with defendants who speak indigenous languages, but not Spanish. These interpreters seem to be paralegals as well as language professionals. Interesting for everyone, but a must-see for court interpreters (subtitles provided). https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000004284660/unsilenced.html

Training Home-Grown Interpreters

Valley Community Interpreters is working to expand the pool of New Mexico interpreters. Report by KUNM.

Google Pixel Buds: is Babel fish dream of in-ear translation now a reality?

How is technology going to change our profession? Check out the latest from THE GUARDIAN

Google translation headphones are here, and they’re going to start a war

Opinion piece by Nigel Kendal from THE GUARDIAN

UN recognizes International Translation Day and the professionals who make diplomacy possible

For the first time this year, the United Nations official celebrated international translation day on September 30, for complete information, background, and more, follow THIS LINK.

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.

Medical interpreters

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

pcoming 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-2017-penheim-translation-fund-grants/

Should you have any questions regarding the award, the recipients or our Translation Fund in general, please do not hesitate to contact us at litawards.pen@gmail.com.

Imogen Fordyce,  Literary Awards Department, PEN AMERICA

Juan José Peña in Memorium

Long time NMTIA member Juan José Peña died on June 11, 2018 at the age of 72.He was a Vietnam veteral, political activist and an  institution in the New Mexico interpreting world. He will be very much missed. He is survived by his daughter Margarita and his partner of 23 years, another NMTIA interpreter, Ann Tran. Please read his obituary here.

Court Interpreters Say When They’re Mistreated, Immigrants 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.

Please contact info@nmtia.net to give us input!

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If you hear of job openings or training opportunities that you think should be listed on our website, please send the details to webmaster@nmtia.net.   We are all volunteers, so all help is appreciated!

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