ATA Statement on Racism and Inequality

ATA Resolution Supporting Diversity

Whereas translators and interpreters are committed to promoting and facilitating communication and understanding between peoples, be it resolved that we, members of the American Translators Association, strongly oppose all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, country of origin, or sexual orientation, as well as all forms of expression of and incitement to xenophobia, racial hatred, and religious intolerance, and strongly favor welcoming qualified immigrants who, with their skills and knowledge, contribute to the wealth of our country or seek refuge here from war or persecution.

 Approved by Voting Membership October 26, 2017

ATA Statement on Racism and Inequality

To our members:

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the subsequent public expressions of solidarity and support for Black Americans and other marginalized members of society have resulted in a time of reflection for many of us.

As a professional association that brings together over 9,000 language experts of diverse backgrounds, many of whom work directly with underprivileged people, the American Translators Association stands in solidarity with our members and colleagues who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those in the communities they serve.

ATA strongly opposes all forms of discrimination, acts of violence, and expressions of racial hatred. We welcome and support our members and colleagues from all walks of life. As such, and as a first step in lending our collective voice of support to fight racism and inequality, the ATA Board will examine how we can best support our BIPOC members and colleagues and broaden the dialogue with underrepresented groups in our Association.

We stand with you.

Approved by the Executive Committee June 8, 2020

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