ATA Joins Red-T in Advocating for Interpreters

ATA Joins Red-T in Advocating for Interpreters

ATA has joined Red-T’s international language coalition and Amnesty International to request the urgent relocation of interpreters who assisted American forces in Afghanistan. In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, the coalition noted that the complicated and often problematic Special Immigrant Visa process has left many local civilian linguists and their families waiting for years while facing retribution from insurgents.

Read Red-T’s Open Letter Requesting the Urgent Relocation of Afghan Interpreters.

With the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops on September 11, time is running out to save those interpreters who supported the U.S. and its allies in the global fight against terrorism. The coalition also reminded U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that a similar evacuation was undertaken near the end of the Vietnam War, when thousands of Americans and Vietnamese were airlifted to safety by U.S. forces.

1 Responses to "ATA Joins Red-T in Advocating for Interpreters"

  1. Tanya Hoover says:

    I recently read in the news that the aim is to relocate these interpreters to Guam. As someone who used to live there and is still in touch with people there, I wonder how much conversation has taken place about how many people the island can take in all at once. Also, has the U.S. considered relocating any to Puerto Rico as well? Even in 1993-1995, there were multiple power outages in Guam (or as the locals like to say – because the island is so small – “on Guam.” Not sure if the infrastructure can handle it. Hopefully, things have changed since then.

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