NAJIT News

NAJIT Board and Committee Updates

This page is NAJIT’s way of keeping members and friends informed as to what your NAJIT Board & Committees are doing for our members and our profession. Here you will find information regarding events NAJIT representatives are attending and updates regarding the initiatives we are focused on to benefit the association.

As a member-driven organization, NAJIT is only as strong as the involvement of its members. Share your ideas directly with the Board of Directors. Let us know what issues are important to you. Share any events you feel NAJIT should be aware of. Most important of all, join us in carrying out our mission. Volunteer for a committee or a short-term project. NAJIT will greatly benefit from your insights and contributions.

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NAJIT latest news:

October 17, 2019: The NAJIT Board announces Armando Ezquerra Hasbun as its new Chair of the Board.

September 10, 2019 – Click on the icon to the right to watch a video of Chris Mellinger interviewed in Stellenbosch by Anthony Pym. Chris is SSTI’s newest Board member. He shares information about his role at UNC Charlotte.

September 7, 2019: During the recent town hall the NAJIT Board randomly selected the winners of the 40th Annual Conference raffle. Join us in congratulating the winners!

Winners of a 1-year NAJIT membership: Leslie Tabarez and Helene Conte.

Winners of a NAJIT Academy webinar registration: Lisa Lopez and Sandra Aidar-McDermott.

September 7, 2019: The NAJIT Board held a virtual town hall open to members. The Board shared current NAJIT objectives as well as discussed recent announcements. The session was recorded and is available on the NAJIT Governance page. Login to your NAJIT account to access the governance page.

August 23, 2019 – “Subject to Interpretation” with Agustin de la Mora interviews NAJIT Chair, Aimee Benavides – Click the icon on the right to listen to an interview with NAJIT Chair, Aimee Benavides, to hear her discuss entrepreneurship, being your own business, and the benefits of joining a professional association.

August 12, 2019: NAJIT Mourns the Loss of John Estill – The NAJIT Board of Directors and our management team extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of long-time NAJIT member John Estill upon his passing. John served as the chair of various committees and contributed greatly to the Association and the profession. He was a loyal NAJIT supporter and a dear friend to many of our members. His loss is deeply felt but he leaves a legacy of service and devotion for his family, friends and the profession he loved so much. May he rest in peace.

August 9,2019 – The NAJIT Board of Directors is pleased to announce that longtime NAJIT member, Georganne Weller, has been granted a NAJIT Lifetime Membership as prescribed by the NAJIT bylaws. The response from members in support was tremendous. Georganne is much beloved and appreciated by colleagues all over the world and we feel honored to grant this to her.

June 26,2019 – NAJIT writes a letter to California legislators supporting an exemption for freelance interpreters be added to Assembly Bill 5. Click the icon on the right to read the letter.

May 20, 2019 – 2019 NAJIT Election Results: Congratulations to the 2019 Board of Directors election winner: Hebba Abulsaad. The board has selected returning board member Aimee Benavides as the Chair of the Board, returning board member Claudia Rubio Samulowitz as Treasurer, and returning board member Teresa Salazar as Secretary.

May 14, 2019 – Letter to Texas Legislature: The NAJIT Advocacy Committee writes a letter to Texas legislators in opposition of proposed Bills SB 2176 and HB 3627. Click the icon to the right to read the letter.

May 1, 2019 – After ten years, the newly revised NAJIT Position Paper on Transcription/Translation is now available. The position paper is for the benefit of both the users of transcription/translation services and the practitioners who provide them, addressing topics such as the qualifications required to do this type of specialized work, quality assurance, and the role of the transcription/translation expert as expert witness. A useful tool that examines this hybrid specialization from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. Click the icon to the right to read the document.

April 1, 2019NAJIT Scholar Winners: The NAJIT Board is proud to announce the 2019 NAJIT Scholars. Click the image to the right to view all five scholarship recipients.

December 4, 2018 – The NAJIT Board held a virtual town hall open to members and non-members. The Board shared current NAJIT objectives as well as discussed recent announcements. The session was recorded and is available on the NAJIT Governance page in the member portal.

November 9, 2018: NAJIT Mourns the Loss of Esther Navarro-Hall –NAJIT joins our colleagues, members and the entire profession in mourning the passing of Esther Navarro-Hall. Esther was a prior NAJIT Director and former Chair of the Board of Directors. Her vision helped lead NAJIT to greater heights and her legacy lives on in our Association and the entire profession that she so selflessly served. Esther is gone too soon, but she has left an indelible mark on our profession and on everyone she touched. May cherished memories bring comfort to her family and friends, and may she rest in peace. Click the image on the right to read more about the life and work of Esther Navarro-Hall.

November 7, 2018 – Announcement from the Board of Directors: Click the icon on the right to read a letter from the Board of Directors announcing a new member benefit (The NAJIT Healthcare Program) and some other important items.

October 23, 2018 – “Subject to Interpretation” with Agustin de la Mora interviews NAJIT’s Executive Director –Click the icon on the right to listen to an interview with NAJIT’s Executive Director, Rob Cruz, to hear about how he came to the profession and his work at NAJIT. Find all episodes of “Subject to Interpretation” here.

July 26, 2018 – NAJIT releases a statement on the perils of subpoenaing an interpreter to testify about the substance of an assignment. Click the icon on the right to read the statement.

June 20, 2018 – NAJIT Addresses the Georgia Commission on Interpreters: Executive Director, Rob Cruz, represented NAJIT by addressing the Georgia Commission on Interpreters on June 20th, 2018 as part of their continuing efforts to promote high standards regarding language access. Mr. Cruz spoke on key aspects of the profession such as attracting more potential interpreters and the importance of continuing education requirements. Click the icon on the right for more details on the event.

June 9, 2018 – 2018 NAJIT Election Results: Congratulations to the 2018 Board of Directors election winners: Aimee Benavides, Armando Ezquerra Hasbun, Claudia Rubio Samulowitz, and Teresa Salazar. The board has selected Aimee Benavides as the Chair of the Board, returning board member Hilda Shymanik as Treasurer and Claudia Rubio Samulowitz as Secretary. The Nominations Committee should be commended for all of their efforts.

May 22, 2018 – Announcing a new resource to aid in sharing the benefits of working with a professional interpreter: The NAJIT Bench and Bar Committee is proud to share a second infographic resource. This infographic is designed to help share the benefits of working with a professional interpreter. Click the thumbnail to the right to access the infographic. Access the bench and bar page to view more resources.

May 1, 20182018 NAJIT Scholar Winners: The NAJIT Board is proud to announce the 2018 NAJIT Scholars. Click the image to the right to view all five scholarship recipients.

April 13, 2018NAJIT Responds to a Draft of a New Fee Schedule for Workers Compensation Interpreters in California: Lorena Ortiz Schneider, from the California Workers’ Compensation Interpreters Association, brought to our attention that a draft of a new fee schedule for workers compensation interpreters in California has been released and is open for public comment. Click the icon on the right to read the full story and NAJIT’s response.

February 28, 2018 – Announcing a new resource to aid in working with interpreters in a legal setting: The NAJIT Bench and Bar Committee is proud to share a helpful script for professionals who are working with interpreters in a legal setting. It doesn’t come naturally, but with these tips, it can certainly be a smooth process.

February 7, 2018 – Thanks to an excellent suggestion, we are proud to present an additional member benefit: discounted subscription to paymentpractices.net. Nominations for the Board are ending shortly – stay tuned for more information regarding upcoming elections.

December 20, 2017 – The call for papers has officially ended. Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal! The board is pleased to announce that we received the highest number in recent years for our annual conference to be held in San Francisco June 8-10, 2018, with almost 100 proposals. The conference committee will now begin the challenging task of choosing between the excellent proposals to put together the preliminary program for the conference which will be made available as soon as it is ready.

November 10, 2017 – Take a look at a recent article written by Sylvia Falchuk on her experience being a presenter and an attendee at the NAJIT 38th Annual Conference, “2017 Artículo NAJIT para revista CTPCBA FALCHUK“. The article was published in Spanish. Here is an abstract of the article written in English.

October 25-28, 2017 – NAJIT exhibited at the ATA conference. NAJIT Chair, Gladys Matthews, attended several events on behalf of NAJIT (Interpret America 6 and a meeting of the National Interpreter Association Coalition (NIAC)). We would also like to thank the NAJIT members that helped share NAJIT’s story with ATA attendees: Heidi Cazes, Liz Essary, Eneyda Dubon, Anastasiya Kogan, Gunilla Medina, Athena Matilsky, Sabine Michael, and Garrett Michaelson Bradford.

October 20, 2017 – This is the first of many regular updates from the Board to NAJIT members and friends of NAJIT. We will share with you the projects we are working on for the benefit of membership and the association.

  • One current project we are working on is the formation of the committees. It’s not too late to volunteer. Committee appointments, including the chairs and co-chairs, will be announced soon.
  • NAJIT will be at booth 28 at the ATA conference this month. Stop by and say hi!
  • You can now follow NAJIT on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.