• ATIF Year VI

    One week shy of ATIF’s fifth anniversary, the Board announced the appointment of an Interim Board to lead the Association in 2015.

    Giovanna Lester and Daniela Guanipa will take the helm of ATIF from January 1 through December 31, assisted by Maria Mallarino, Emmy Prieto, Dianna McCrary, Sylvia Korwek and Carmen Sáenz. You can learn more about our new Board by visiting our website (www.atifonline.org), under About/Board.

    The Interim Board was appointed to get ATIF ready for this year's elections, lead the organization back to its original Business Plan by aligning its growth, market reality and membership expectations, to receive the 56th ATA Annual Conference in style, among other things. The Interim Board has a one year term. Its members are veterans, former board members, as well as new individuals. The mix is intended to ensure continuity and insert new perspectives into our work.

    We believe in ATIF. We count on your vote of confidence and support of our Interim Board. ATIF’s commitment to its membership is reflected in the actions we take to ensure that the best interest of the members remains our main focus.

    ATIF Interim Board

  • Int’l Medical Interpreters Association & ATIF

    "It is great for Florida.

    I hope that the IMIA and ATIF can work side by side in a collaborative way so that each promote each other's work and IMIA can serve as a resource to ATIF members that specialize in medical interpreting just as ATIF can serve as a resource to IMIA Florida members that want to broaden their horizons. Our call will be for all our FL members to support and join the only state association ATIF and we hope that ATIF will encourage their medical interpreter members to join IMIA which is the only national trade association for medical interpreters."

    Izabel Arocha, IMIA President, February 2010

  • Florida Int’l University & ATIF

    "Be advised that Florida International University, through its T&I Program, recognizes, endorses, supports, and commends ATIF and its devoted volunteers for their continuing effort in assuring that our profession continues to have much-needed organizational representation."

    Eric Camayd-Freixas, FIU Modern Languages Department, December 2009

  • Calendar

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Summer is getting hot in Florida!

SummerIt’s ATIF Season!
5- First Tuesday at B&B in Coral Gables – Come have fun with your colleagues after 5:30 p.m.
16 – Ethics Workshop in Fort Meyers. Prof. Borgenheimer is taking her ethics program to the Gulf Coast: Interpreters Code of Ethics Refresher Mini-Clinic from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Price; $100; applied for 5.5 CIE credits. For details contact Prof Borgenheimer
21– Third Thursday in Broward
24 – ATIF Event: Ethics Workshop in Miami at FIU, 4.5 CIE credits (CEAA # 12-0029), prices start at $25 (students), $45 (members) and $60 (non-members)

In the pipeline:
For July:  First Tuesday (3),  Third Thursday (19),  Mid-Summer Wine and Tapas Party from 6p.m. – 9 p.m. at Happy Wine, 5792 SW 8th St., Miami (25)

Some more: ATA Certification Exam Prep Workshop, Certification Exam and ATIF General Membership Meeting are all scheduled for September. This year’s Holiday Party is scheduled for the first weekend in December.

Trained Interpreters For Patients With Limited English Can Help Avoid Medical Mishaps – Kaiser Health News

Trained Interpreters For Patients With Limited English Can Help Avoid Medical Mishaps – Kaiser Health News.

For the 25 million people in the United States with limited English proficiency, the potential for medical mishaps is multiplied.
A trained medical interpreter can make all the difference.

8 words that may not mean what you think they mean | Articles

8 words that may not mean what you think they mean | Articles.

“You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means,” Inigo Montoya.

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention

Bilingualism fine-tunes hearing, enhances attention.

“Bilingualism serves as enrichment for the brain and has real consequences when it comes to executive function, specifically attention and working memory,” said Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor at Northwestern.

NAJIT Blog – So, what are contracts good for?

Contract Language.

[…]although contracts are not a complete safeguard, they establish intent, document a promise and if you find yourself in a dispute, your contract is an ally.

Read on to learn more.

InterpretAmerica: US Supreme Court Decision Reaffirms Definitions of Interpreting and Translation as Separate Disciplines

InterpretAmerica: US Supreme Court Decision Reaffirms Definitions of Interpreting and Translation as Separate Disciplines.

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs”.
–Pearl Strachan

In its opinion, the Court stated that “both the ordinary and technical meanings of ‘interpreter,’ as well as the statutory context in which the word is found, lead to the conclusion that § 1920(6) does not apply to translators of written materials.”[2]

Third Thursday is this week. Be there!

May 17 the Broward Social will take place from 6:30 on. Bring a friend and meet fellow translators and interpreters at

Bona Café Italian Restaurant
2468 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL

Parking: Bona Café is located on the corner of Wilton Drive and 11th Avenue. Proceed on 11th Avenue to the stop sign, and park in the empty field or the daycare facility parking lot. There is also metered parking along Wilton Drive.

Please RSVP to Emily Paul so the restaurant can assign enough waitstaff to ensure good service.

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