Friday, October 12, 2012
Interpreting Finds Its Voice
InterpretAmerica Co-President Katharine Allen is this week's author for the NAJIT Blog. In a piece titled Interpreting Finds Its Voice: The Shared Vision of Association Leaders Cruz and Ferreira, she explores the encouraging trends both men see in our profession.
When will “I am an interpreter” have shared meaning for the average person in the same way that “I am a teacher” or even “I am a politician” does?
And perhaps more pertinent, how will that shared meaning come about?
If NAJIT Chairman Robert Cruz and California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) President Michael Ferreira have their way, that broader recognition and clout will only come about as a result of the efforts of all of us, whether as individual interpreters or as larger association and agency players. However, they see a vital and special role for us, the individual practitioner.
And the moment may indeed be ripe to achieve that kind of visibility.
Both leaders keynoted the recent California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) 10th Annual Continuing Education Conference in Los Angeles. In his address, NAJIT Chairman Cruz emphasized the growing synergy between initiatives undertaken by individual interpreters and interpreter associations, and those spearheaded by outside fields, such as lawyers and the Department of Labor..
You can read the full blog post here.
Be sure to leave your comments as to what you see as the most important trends you are experiencing in the interpreting profession.