Open Letter: Protecting Translators and Interpreters Worldwide

Open Letter: Protecting Translators and Interpreters Worldwide

ATIA President and FIT Council Member, Roula Salam, is assisting and embarking on a couple of long-term projects with some other FIT Council members. Roula, would like to share with the ATIA Membership an open letter co-signed by FIT that was shared with Council for approval prior to its signing. This letter seeks to harness support from the international language community in order to urge the Iranian government to immediately release two Iranian citizens who have been imprisoned because they served as interpreters for two French nationals. Interpreters are by virtue of the professional code of conduct unbiased, unprejudiced, and to have nothing to do with the views of either of the parties they are interpreting for, so this matter would be not only a human rights concern, but only a concern for professionals in our industry.
Here is the link to the  Open Letter

Support for the Ukrainian Association of Translators and Interpreters (UATI)

Support for the Ukrainian Association of Translators and Interpreters (UATI)

 

In the spirit of solidarity and to show support to our counterpart translators and interpreters throughout the world who may be going through hard times, ATIA has been reaching out to sister associations and groups in different countries to raise awareness by inviting speakers or seeing how we may help some of these groups. On International Translation Day, ATIA invited retired Army Major Susan French to speak about her experience in Afghanistan working with Afghani translators and cultural facilitators. This month, with the situation in the Ukraine escalating and impacting translators and interpreters caught in the war zone, ATIA reached out to the Ukrainian Association of Translators and Interpreters (UATI) with a gesture of support during this most difficult time of war; ATIA would like to thank our secretary, Ksenia Lena Maryniak for bringing this cause to our attention. Please note that ATIA is an apolitical non-for-profit association and that any show of support and solidarity is entirely humanitarian.

It is incredibly important for ATIA and our sister organizations to support our professional colleagues’ association in Ukraine in their time of need. As a gesture of support to translator colleagues in Ukraine, the ATIA Board resolved at the April 2022 board meeting to provide the Ukrainian Association of Translators and Interpreters (UATI) with a monetary donation that would cover the membership fees of its 60 members for one year. This payment was made on April 23, 2022 to the UATI Support Fund.

The UATI was legally established at a founding general meeting in February 2020, which approved and registered its charter as a non-profit society in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2020 the UATI also joined the international federation of translation organizations—FIT.

More information and links to donate can be found at the UATI Support Fund website. ATIA is asking for support from our membership, sister organizations, and CTTIC to help promote and support the UATI fund.