California Federation of Interpreters


OC Named County of the Year, Ramirez Honored as Steward of the Year

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 12, 2016) _ CFI recognized several interpreters during the annual continuing education conference this weekend for their work on behalf of the local.


Video Remote Interpreting

ASL VRI Shows Need for Mandatory Limits

By Camille Taiara

OAKLAND (Sept. 2, 2016) _ CFI has issued a report that found the Judicial Council of California promoted Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for courtroom proceedings based on doctored results that exaggerated the success of its American Sign Language (ASL) VRI program while omitting evidence of VRI’s detrimental impacts on the due process rights of linguistic minorities.

If anything, the ASL VRI pilot project and subsequent program “proved that the courts cannot be relied upon to exercise ‘appropriate controls’ over VRI without mandatory rules and procedures and rigorous, independent oversight,” CFI's report noted.

The report, titled Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in California: A Fabricated Success Story, was the result of a year-and-a-half long, in-depth investigation by CFI.


Interpreter Budget

Governor Signs Budget Bill that Restricts Funds to In-Person Interpreting

SACRAMENTO (Sept. 18, 2016) _ Governor Signs Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a budget bill that explicitly prioritizes using state funds for in–person interpreters. 

“Interpreter services shall be provided by an in-person interpreter. After all reasonable options for an in-person interpreter have been exhausted, a court may utilize other approved means to provide interpreter services from a certified or registered interpreter until an in-person interpreter is available,” reads AB 1623, which was signed Tuesday.

The new language replaces wording that was less restrictive on courts that wanted to use interpreter funds for Video Remote Interpreting. 


Region 2 Bargaining Bulletin #4

CFI Region 2 Returns to the Bargaining Table This Thursday

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 11, 2016) _ Your CFI bargaining committee in Region 2 presented a proposal aimed at streamlining assignments and cross assignments without eliminating employment rights and protections as proposed by the Region.