Learn More about ATA’s Advocacy Efforts

Learn More about ATA’s Advocacy Efforts

Educating government officials and the public about the role of translators, interpreters, and language access in our society is a central part of ATA’s mission. These efforts are led in part by ATA’s Advocacy Committee, which works on behalf of ATA members—and all language professionals for that matter—to specifically tackle policy and legislative language issues. The committee is asked to do the following:

  • Monitor the activities of local, state, and national legislative and regulatory bodies.
  • Provide recommendations for responding to requests from these bodies.
  • Provide information regarding government activities to the Board and the general membership.
  • Address international regulatory issues, as appropriate.

ATA’s advocacy campaigns include reaching out to Congress to request independent contractor classification for translators and interpreters, supporting interpreters seeking fair pay in Nevada, advising the Santa Maria City Council (California) on language access, urging the Biden administration to prioritize the evacuation of Afghan interpreters and their families, as well as petitioning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for early access to vaccinations and safe working conditions for in-person interpreters during the pandemic.

Check out ATA’s Advocacy and Outreach page for more on these efforts. You can also learn more about the Advocacy Committee by listening to Episode 58 of The ATA Podcast.

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