In conjunction with our Annual Conference, NAJIT is coordinating an Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.
This is your lobby day, when you meet with your US Representatives, US Senators or their aides at their offices on the Hill. You need to have scheduled your appointments with plenty of time ahead. You can learn about how to contact your legislators through our Advocacy Webinars. You can also read this document, which reflects the webinar presentations, to learn how to interact with your legislators.
In preparation for our advocacy efforts, Milena Calderari-Waldron and Helen Eby, co-chairs of the NAJIT Advocacy Committee, will lead a series of webinars to teach language professionals how to advocate for the profession. The information provided will be based on their experience interacting with government officials and their success in advocating for change in Oregon and Washington State.
The cost to attend the training session is free for NAJIT Active members. The presenters are giving these presentations pro bono. Registration is required to attend.
To train interpreters on advocacy at the national level so that the individual language professional feels empowered to continue to advocate at the state and local government level.
Become the go-to resource on translation and interpreting issues for our legislators.
When you advocate…
Advocacy is not necessarily tied to political parties. Legislators consult with experts in every other industry on professional issues. Other professionals (doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, insurance agents) are present when laws and regulations that affect their work are being discussed. This is how practitioners advocate for their profession. Interpreters and translators need to contribute their subject matter expertise with the same authority. If we are not present, others will provide uninformed opinions and we will suffer the consequences.
Duration: Each webinar is expected to last two hours.
|March 2nd at 10:00 pm EST / 7 pm PST||Advocacy 101: How to get an appointment at a legislator’s office? How do you make the conversation meaningful? What should you bring?|
|March 9th at 7:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm PST||Advocacy 101: How to get an appointment at a legislator’s office? How do you make the conversation meaningful? What should you bring?|
|March 16th at 10:00 pm EDT / 7 pm PDT||Meeting with legislators: What is an actual visit like? How to dress and how to act. What happens after the appointment? How do you know that your visit made a difference?|
|March 23rd at 7:00 pm EDT / 4 pm PDT||Meeting with legislators: What is an actual visit like? How to dress and how to act. What happens after the appointment? How do you know that your visit made a difference?|
|May 19th - 21st||NAJIT Annual Educational Conference|
|May 22nd||Visit the Hill together!|
Milena Calderari-Waldron is a WA State Court and DSHS Medical & Social Services Certified Spanish Interpreter. She began advocating for interpreting quality and improved working conditions first as board member of WITS and NOTIS and now as the Secretary of Interpreters United Local 1671 AFSCME Council 28/AFL-CIO. She has been involved in the drafting of legislation and regulations and has spoken to legislators at several public hearings regarding proposed legislation concerning interpreters.
In 2012, Helen Eby advocated for a raise in the rates for court interpreters in Oregon, which resulted in the first raise for court interpreters in over 15 years. As a founding member of the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters and first President, she helped draft a document to deliver to her representatives in DC. She has also been involved in negotiating changes to the laws and regulations regarding medical interpreting in Oregon. In 2015, she co-authored a document with descriptions of interpreters and translators that has been endorsed by nine professional associations.