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Interpreters in Conflict Zones, Travel Bans and Broken Trust

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2017 5:11:58 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in Immigration, conflict zones, interpreters, SIV Program, Red-T

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In this photo from 2008, a U.S. Army soldier and an Iraqi interpreter talk to an Iraqi woman during a patrol in Amiriyah, Iraq. DoD photo by 1st Lt. Meg Harvey, U.S. Air Force. (Public Domain)

*UPDATE (February 2, 2017) In the face of widespread outcry against its executive order, the Trump Administration has introduced an amendment to its travel ban to once again allow Iraqis who served as interpreters for the US government and armed forces in Iraq and their family members to emmigrate ot the United States. You can read more about the decision in this article by the New York Times.

Since its creation in 2009, InterpetAmerica has worked to raise the profile of interpreting and to shine a light on the role of interpreters in a global society that communicates and conducts business in many languages. From the very beginning we knew our efforts, however modest, needed to include those interpreters called upon to facilitate communication in conflict zones, whether helping refugees, troops or civilians to communicate.

InterpretAmerica is not a political organization, but we do care passionately about our profession. The interpreters we support often find themselves in the crossfire of politics and international relations. Interpreters in conflict zones, particularly those that served NATO and US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, are once again caught in the turmoil of politics.

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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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Update on Funding for The Interpreter Film: You Are Making a Difference!

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 18, 2015 10:15:33 AM / by Katharine Allen & Barry S. Olsen posted in interpreting, conflict zone interpreting, military interpreting, conflict zones

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We’ve come a long way, now it's time to bring it home and make this film a reality. The support of the interpreting community can put it over the top.

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