ATA Statement on the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

ATA is monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its impact on translators and interpreters around the world, and more recently, here in the United States.

Language professionals face considerable uncertainty right now. Many of us are freelancers who don’t have paid time off. When we don’t work, we don’t get paid. Disruptions caused by Covid-19 are already adversely affecting our livelihoods. In addition, some of us, like medical interpreters, are on the front lines and have to make tough decisions that involve weighing our own safety against the need to provide essential services.

ATA is cognizant of this reality. When opportunities arise, the Association will advocate on our members’ behalf. We are currently following H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which passed the House last week, to determine whether and how the provisions may apply to our members. In addition, HQ has begun taking preventive measures, which include having our staff work remotely. We will continue to stay abreast of the situation and keep members informed of issues and impacts related to our profession.

Please contact us with your questions and concerns (ata@atanet.org), and we’ll do our best to provide reliable information, guidance, and recommendations. ATA is here to support you.

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