Newsbriefs: May 30, 2024


May 30, 2024

ATA 2024 Elections: Slate of Candidates Announced

ATA will hold its regularly scheduled elections at the upcoming ATA 65th Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon, October 30-November 2, 2024, to elect the following:

  • President-Elect (one unexpired position to be filled for a remaining term of one year).
  • Director (three regular positions, each for a three-year term).
  • Director (one unexpired position to be filled for a remaining term of one year).

All candidates for director positions will appear under the same ballot item, with longer positions being filled successively by candidates who receive the highest number of votes and the shorter, unexpired term positions being filled by the candidate(s) receiving the next highest number of votes.

Additional nominations, supported by a written petition signed by no fewer than 60 voting members and the nominee鈥檚 written acceptance statement, must be received by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee by July 7. Acceptance statements and petitions should be submitted to Nominating and Leadership Development Committee Chair (NLDC) Karen Tkaczyk (

The candidates proposed by the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee are:

President-elect (one-year term):

Viktoryia Baum

Andy Benzo

Director (three positions, each for a three-year term):

Isabel Asensio

Jason Jolley

Jessie Liu

Marcela Renna

Jaime Russell

Yasha Saebi

Marifer Sager

Romina Marazzato Sparano

The elections will be online. Voting members will be sent their proxy voting information in mid-September. Candidate statements will be featured in the September/October issue of and on ATA鈥檚 website.

Become an ATA Voting Member! Apply for Active Membership Review

To participate in ATA elections, you need to be a Voting member. You can become a Voting member by passing a certification exam, completing the Active Membership Review process, or successfully submitting proof of being a credentialed interpreter.

Congratulations to the 2024 International Booker Prize Winners!

ATA would like to congratulate German author Jenny Erbenbeck and her translator, Michael Hofmann, on winning the 2024 International Booker Prize! Hofmann is the first male translator to win and Erpenbeck is the first German writer to do so. This prestigious award is given annually for the finest single work of fiction from around the world that has been translated into English and published in the U.K. and/or Ireland. We commend the Booker Prize Foundation for its commitment to promoting international literature through translation and for elevating the role of translators from invisibility to equal partnership. Please see the from The Washington Post in this issue鈥檚 Industry Clips section.


Rutgers University Looking for U.S. Translators to Participate in Survey on Translation Automation and Human-Centered AI

If you鈥檙e a translator based in the U.S., please consider participating in a survey being conducted by Rutgers University on translation automation and human-centered AI. It only takes 15 minutes. Participants will be entered to win a $100 Amazon voucher. 听

The ATAware Store Is Now Open!

Have you visited the updated ATAware Store? Take a moment to visit the site and make a purchase to show your pride in the T&I professions and help us celebrate ATA鈥檚 65th Anniversary.

Order Your ATAware Now

Start Planning Now for ATA65!

Portland, Oregon | October 30 – November 2, 2024

Attend one of the best events for professional translators and interpreters! At ATA鈥檚 65th Annual Conference, you鈥檒l find educational sessions, job recruitment and networking opportunities, and colleagues and leaders who understand what it means to be a language professional. Learn more at !

Book Your Room Today

A limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center (conference headquarters hotel) and the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland have been reserved at a discount for attendees. ATA rates are available until October 4, 2024, or as space allows. Learn more and book your hotel room now!

Visa Information

You may need a visa to travel to the U.S. We encourage you to make the necessary arrangements as soon as possible. Please see the ATA65 website for additional information. Review visa information now!

Schedule at a Glance

You can now review a high-level listing of the sessions and events taking place in Portland! Visit the Schedule at a Glance and make your plans accordingly.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available soon!

Need More Information?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Adrian L. Aleckna, CMP

Director, Professional Development and Events

Call for Articles: Translatio

The editorial team of Translatio, the quarterly newsletter of the , is seeking articles from members of FIT organizations in English, French, or Spanish.

Articles can be about initiatives or achievements at your association or organization, International Translation Day, past or upcoming conferences, board elections, etc. To recap a recent initiative or event for fellow member associations, consider sending high-quality photos听 with detailed captions in lieu of an article. If possible, please consider providing submissions in听 more than one language to assist the editorial committee. Articles that do not meet the will not be accepted. Please note that articles may be edited for clarity and style. (.)

The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2024.

Please submit articles or to

Northwest Translators and Interpreters Society Workshop

鈥淢achine and GenAI Translation Techniques鈥

June 1, 2024 | Earn 1 ATA CEU

Artificial intelligence can and should be used to make translators鈥 lives easier and possibly more听 fun. Please join us to explore effective ways to control AI and use it to maximize gains in localization workflows.

Northern California Translators Association Virtual Workshop

鈥淏ridging the Gap: Enhancing Educational Community Interpreting鈥

June 8, 2024

Educational interpreting affects the lives and futures of children in our schools. With strong immigration and migration of families around the world, the education system is one of the most important concerns for a family trying to integrate into the new country they migrated to. This workshop will discuss how to enhance educational community interpreting.

First Webinar of ATA鈥檚 Southeast Asian Languages Special Interest Group

June 15, 2024 | 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT

ATA鈥檚 Southeast Asian Languages Special Interest Group (SEAL SIG) will host its first webinar, 鈥淐ontracting with Confidence: Independent Contractor Agreements,鈥 featuring attorney Scott Mirsky. This webinar will be presented in two parts.

Part 1: 鈥淣uts & Bolts of Independent Contractor Agreements鈥

(Presented by Scott Mirsky)

Part 2: 鈥淲hat Terms, Clauses, Special Factors to FOCUS on in an Independent Contractor

Agreement for Interpreters and Translators鈥

(Presented by Bo Uce, Quynh-Nhu Gibney, and Angel Walcott)

Registration Deadline: June 15 by 9:30 a.m. PST

American Sign Language interpreting will be provided to those attendees who register and request it by Saturday, June 8th, 2024.

Questions? Contact Tram Bui, SEAL SIG moderator, at

Register Here

ATA Financial Translators Special Interest Group Webinar

WTF? Why Translate Forensics? A Quick Glimpse into Translating Forensic Documents

June 15, 2024 | 12:30 p.m. 鈥 1:30 p.m. EDT

Presented by Javier Gil

With 46% of organizations experiencing fraud or financial crime, the field of forensic services seems to be booming. This webinar will introduce a relatively unknown area of work for financial translators: forensic services. We鈥檒l try and answer five key questions:

  • What is forensics and what are the main documents you can be expected to translate?
  • Why would it make business sense to specialize in a field like this?
  • Who could be your potential clients?
  • How can you learn more about this field?

*Zoom details will be sent a day before the event.

Register Here

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