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A Moment of Gratitude for Interpreters Worldwide

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 25, 2015 9:38:50 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in healthcare interpreting, conflict zone interpreting, Afghanistan, Interpreter, translator

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Interpreters are terrible at grabbing the spotlight. From the booth to the exam room, from the refugee agency, battlefield, and the court room, interpreters are trained to be as invisible and unobtrusive as possible.

Of course, we never really are. Just as feet perceive the bridge under the soles of their shoes when crossing from one side to another, so is the interpreter who bridges communication between those who don't speak the same language visible. We are not part of the multilingual conversation, but we are present for it. We facilitate it. Without us, it cannot take place.

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It's Time Translators and Interpreters Be Protected by International Legislation

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2015 12:47:08 PM / by Katharine Allen posted in translation, military interpreting, Afghanistan, Interpreter

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SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

 

Ever since founding InterpretAmerica in 2009, Barry and I have sought ways to support military and conflict zone linguists. One of the moments of which we are both proud and which still haunts us was listening to Arabic, Pashtu and Dari-speaking members of the 51st Translator Interpreter Company at Fort Irwin, California, at the 3rd InterpretAmerica Summit. These young army enlisted men had served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. They told harrowing and often heartwrenching stories of having to use their heritage language skills to keep their fellow soldiers safe in volatile and ever-changing circumstances.

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We Did It! "The Interpreter" Garners Minimum $20k to Begin Production

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in conflict zones, Afghanistan, interpreters, The Interpreter Film

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Wow, what a great way to start off the week! Four days before the close of the Kickstarter campaign to fund “The Interpreter,” we reached our goal of $20k, making the campaign a success. Monday saw almost $2k in contributions alone. One thing is clear, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the amazing support from the interpreting community in the United States and around the world. Together with other supporters, you rose to the challenge, and we are grateful.
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