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Northwest Area Translation Services
Immigration Agencies and Visa Preparation
Judicial Department--Access to Interpreters
to the 2001 Supplementary Survey Profile of the U.S. Census:
percent of Oregonians (roughly 371,000 people) speak languages
other than English. Half of them (180,000 people) speak
English less than "very well"
Oregonians who speak a foreign language
percent speak Spanish
percent speak Indo-European languages
percent speak Asian or Pacific Islander languages
than half of each group speak English less than "very
come into contact with the justice system for many reasons,
whether they are stopped for speeding, filing a small claim,
dissolving a marriage, having a landlord/tenant dispute, or
facing criminal charges. For Oregonians who do not speak English
well, language is a significant obstacle. For more information
about language barriers in the justice system, see Chapter 2
of the Report of the Oregon Supreme Court on Racial/Ethnic Issues
in the Judicial System and Chapter 1 in the Progress Report
of the Oregon Supreme Court Implementation Committee .
that people who do not speak English well have equal access
to justice, the Access Committee has sponsored legislation to
provide qualified and certified interpreter services in state
courts and in adjudicatory proceedings in state agencies. See
the annual progress reports and the Legislative Advocacy pages
for more information.
Interpreter Services Program is developing online information
for attorneys, judges, prospective court interpreters, and Oregon
following Oregon court interpreter services contact:
James Comstock, Supervisor
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301-2563
Email: Court.Interpreter.PROGRAM@ojd.state.or.us Web: http://www.ojd.state.or.us/osca/cpsd/interpreterservices/index.htm
Interpreter Services coordinates interpreter services in Oregon
state courts for litigants who do not speak English or have
limited English skills. Oregon state courts use both staff
interpreters and freelance interpreters to provide court interpreter
services in more than 70 languages.
- Our Interpreter
Certification Program has more than 80 Certified interpreters
for Spanish, Russian, and Vietnamese. If you have questions
about our Certification program, the program's webpages may
answer many of them and have contact information for the program
- We also
have on staff an American Sign Language interpreter to coordinate
and provide interpreter services in court to people who are
Deaf or hard of hearing. And we offer a modest pay increase
for court staff who are bilingual and use those skills when
serving the public. Those bilingual staff do not provide interpreter
services for court proceedings.
- We provide
continuing education classes for Certified interpreters and
provide education and training programs for court interpreters
of languages that we do not yet certify.
may download copies of the OJD interpreter billing form here.
The OJD interpreter payment protocol is also available for
- OJD maintains
a roster of Certified interpreters for those wishing to verify
certification, or to hire an interpreter for out of court
work. Copies of the official roster of Certified interpreters
are available here.
- If you
are a party or attorney who needs an interpreter for a court
hearing, please contact the court directly where the hearing
will be. Our Courts and About Us pages have contact information
for all state courts.
- And to
request sign language interpreter services or other ADA accommodation
so that you can access other court services and programs,
please see our Accessibility page for information on how and
where to make that request.
Translators and Interpreters:
Interpreter Association (NEW) Contact: Leticia Vega, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linguists of Oregon (ALO) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alo-oregon/.
The Associated Linguists of Oregon (ALO) group listserve welcomes
participants including translators, interpreters, translation
project managers, linguists, and linguaphiles.
Area Translation Services:
- The Northwest
Translators & Interpreters Society (NOTIS) www.notisnet.org/notis/notis.html
was established in April 1988 as a forum for professional
translators and interpreters in the Pacific Northwest of the
United States. Legal field too!
State Court Interpreters and Translators (WITS) http://www.witsnet.org
. NOTISNET's sister organization here in the Pacific Northwest.
Interpreters, Inc. (NWI) www.nwiservices.com has established
itself in being at the forefront of providing translation
services in the Pacific Northwest and abroad for over a decade.
Coordinating Interpreters for Conferences www.accessservicesnw.com/conferences.html
People who are deaf are participating more often in international,
national, regional and local conferences sponsored by organizations
predominately composed of hearing people
Translators Society - A.T.S. (http://www.ats-us.org )
Translators Association (http://www.atanet.org/)
Agencies and Visa Preparation:
- NS Experts
- Highly recommended site providing complete US Immigration
services from experts - Online visa qualification analysis
and online preparation of visa forms available (http://www.insexperts.com)
Pro - Visa listings and preparation (http://www.visapro.com)
of Consular Affairs (http://www.travel.state.gov/)
information from the Department of State (http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html)
Relative Visa Petitions (http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1310.html)
(formerly the INS) Home (http://uscis.gov/graphics/index.htm)
US government web site (http://firstgov.gov/)
Plus (linked on Los Angeles Workforce Directory). For over
20 years, Interpreters Plus http://www.interpretersplus.com/index2.htm
has been a leading, multi-language, full-service interpretation
and translation agency.
in Southern California, but serving the world, Interpreters
Plus provides 24 hour service via its team of highly-qualified
translators and interpreters. Long-term clients include:
film and television studios during production, attorneys
needing assistance for court hearings/depositions/trials,
schools with students of multi-language families and doctors,
hospitals and insurance companies. ALL LANGUAGES AVAILABLE.
Certified interpreters with expertise in the following
Arts & Entertainment
Consulting and Translation Services - Rancho Palos Verdes
- offering translation to and from European and South American
Portuguese and Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese by native
speakers. Also offers management and marketing support.
for Korean Translation and Interpretation - provides translation
and interpretation services between the Korean and English
- LA Institute
of Translation and Interpretation - provides business translators
and interpreters for a wide range of languages.
- ABC Worldwide
Language Services - Beverly Hills - offers professional translators,
multilingual desktop publishers, voice talents, writers, and
Translating Services - Santa Clarita - translates materials
of all types, and from/into many languages.
Translation Services - West Hollywood - international film-dubbing,
commercial, website, business, and literary translations.
Language Services - Sherman Oaks - offering Japanese/English
translation and interpreting services.
Translation Bureau - provides translation and interpretation
services in a variety of languages.
Plus - Sherman Oaks - an interpretation/translation agency
with a network of experienced independent translators and
Translations - offers multilingual translation and interpretation
Schneider Enterprises, Inc. - Santa Monica - offering interpretation
and translation services.
- offers English/Chinese translation with one-day turnaround.