Expand your professional network!
This is by no means an exhaustive list but we hope it serves as a starting point for your professional networking. In addition to the organizations listed below, there is an increasing number of interpreter/translator associations at the regional and local levels.
International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). IMIA is committed to the advancement of professional medical interpreters as the best practice to equitable language access to health care for linguistically diverse patients. A free one-year membership is offered to minority language interpreters who want to become involved in the professionalization of medical interpreters.
National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC). NCIHC is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to promote and enhance language access in health care across the United States. Membership includes access to a listserv and bulletin board.
American Translators Association (ATA). ATA offers resources for both translators and interpreters in the topics of careers, newcomers to the field, business practices, publications and professional development. Members receive a monthly magazine.
National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT). NAJIT is an organization for legal interpreters and translators. Resources include a blog, mailing list and members-only quarterly newsletter.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). RID advocates for high standards of interpreting and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. Members are supported through online resources and a monthly membership newsletter.
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About Cross-Cultural Communications
Cross-Cultural Communications is the only national training agency in the U.S. devoted to community interpreting and cultural competence. It is also the only organization that licenses community interpreter trainers across the U.S. and in other countries. For more information about Cross-Cultural Communications please visit www.cultureandlanguage.net.