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Labor. Management. Technology. A CALL TO ACTION

June 15-16, 2017

The InterpretAmerica Summit, our sixth installment, is headed back to Washington, D.C., the place where it all began.  

Much has changed for the better since we launched the InterpretAmerica Summit in the U.S. capital in 2010, 

On the upside, we know ourselves better. Our associations are stronger. Our practitioners are better trained. Our education is expanding. Recognition by the general public of the importance of what we do is growing. Our leadership is maturing. And as technology has improved, demand for our services has increased and more interpreters are finding more work across the board.

And just in time. Because we all know that interpreting is in full flux. We now ride the rough waters that were just on the horizon during our first Summit in 2010. Traditional work practices, wage models, work platforms and hiring practices seem at risk of being swept away. The advent of truly functional remote technology platforms combined the acute shortage of trained, qualified interpreters just when demand is skyrocketing is creating a lot of stress and anxiety. End-users want more for less. Agencies try to fill their needs with new service delivery strategies. And interpreters are being asked to change how they work, with little to no guarantee their work and wage conditions will be preserved. 

Our field is engaged in a heated debate about how to face these changes. We see growing mistrust, anger and frustration between interpreters and those who hire them. In short, the fundamental need for a profession-wide forum has not changed. 

We'll be changing things up for InterpretAmerica 6. Our format will be work-intensive. We want to address the difficult issues with people from all sides of the profession who can help make a difference. So, mark your calendars and keep an eye on the InterpretAmerica website for more information in the coming months.