August 23, 2019 | NBC News
The Trump administration has virtually closed the door on Iraqis who worked as interpreters for the American military , issuing only two U.S. visas to former interpreters last year, according to government statistics obtained by NBC News.

The interpreters have faced threats, abductions and attacks for their association with American forces, and hundreds have been killed by militants since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Former interpreter Shaker Jeffrey fled to Germany while awaiting admission to the United States, but he says that even there he has been targeted by the Islamic State group's militants.

A backlog of tens of thousands of Iraqis — who worked as interpreters or in other jobs for the U.S. — have applied for admission to the U.S. but have yet to receive a final decision, despite legislation designed to help them gain entry, according to refugee advocates and several former officials.

August 26, 2019 | The Washington Post
The Cherokee Nation principal chief had an important announcement to make last week. Standing on a stage in the Cherokee capital, Chuck Hoskin Jr. told his people, and the United States, that he intended to nominate a Cherokee delegate to Congress.

Hoskin nominated Kim Teehee , who was an Obama administration official and is current vice president of government relations for the Cherokee Nation.

Hoskin said he’s exercising the rights spelled out in the Cherokee Nation Constitution to hold the United States accountable to the promises it made while forcing the Cherokee off their land. Nearly 200 years after its signing, the Treaty of New Echota could allow the Cherokee to move toward the membership in U.S. democracy.


Registration for Language Advocacy Day 2020 is now open! Join the Joint National Committee for Languages and language advocates from around the country to let representatives k now that  " multilingualism isn't the future; it's right now ." 
Register now for early bird pricing.

InterpretAmerica has made its position on AB5 very clear. In its current form, it’s bad for interpretation and translation and it’s bad for the vast majority of translators and interpreters who are independent contractors by choice. Perhaps more notably, it’s bad for California business in general but particularly for women and minority entrepreneurs who make up the majority of translators and interpreters in the state.

The clock is still ticking. Here are two specific things you can do to make your voice heard : First, if you haven’t read and decided whether to sign the petition on change.org, please do so now. Second, if you live in California, contact your state senator and let them know that you support this partial exemption for translators and interpreters to AB5.


Deadline: September 12
Bemidji, MN
October 10-13, 2019 | March 26-29, 2020
Concordia Language Villages invites you to join us for 'Intercultural Communicative Competence: Linking Language and Culture,' a professional-development series for K-16 instructors of Arabic language and culture.

Thanks to a generous grant from Qatar Foundation International, tuition and program fees are free for participants. In addition, participants will be reimbursed for qualifying travel expenses of up to $400 (travel to MSP) or $500 (travel to BJI) per workshop.

Deadline: September 20
San Diego, CA
March 15-18, 2020
GALA conferences attract experienced professionals from all parts of the translation and localization industry : language services and language technology professionals, managers and directors of localization at multinational organizations, and individuals from government, research, and educational institutions. More than 40% of our audience are top-executives, and all delegates are looking for challenging, growth-oriented topics.

Registration Deadline: September 26th
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 Macarthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612
September 27-28, 2019

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Educational Services Division is hosting the 3rd Annual Interpreting and Translators Conference 2019.   The 3rd Annual Interpreters and Translators Conference will focus on offering our participants the opportunity to engage more in depth with nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field and explore techniques to enhance interpretation and translation skills . This annual conference is a major educational event for bilingual staff, educators, and community stakeholders committed to ensure proper language use in school settings and the community we serve.

Abstract Proposal Deadline: September 30th
Boston, MA
March 5-8, 2020

The theme of NeMLA 2020 is "Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages, and Cultures" --a topic embracing the many facets that define each and every human being across cultures and languages, as well as the many ways in which we interact with each other in today's rapidly changing global world.

Registration Deadline: September 30th
Honolulu, HI
November 7-10, 2019

This year’s programming digs into local and regional culture throughout the conference with several place-based experiences that help shed light on important contemporary issues facing Pacific Island communities, including migration, militarism, political status, and climate change, which also resonate with broader national concerns. 

Solicitation Number: N0017419Q0044
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Sea Systems Command
Response Date: September 24
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