About Us

CFI’s mission is to bring together interpreters of all languages to speak with one voice: the voice of unity.

CFI Local 39000 TNG-CWA is a labor union advocating for the interests of the legal interpreting profession.

CFI membership is open to certified and registered court interpreters working in the California trial courts as employees and independent contractors.

CFI engages in advocacy on a broad range of issues including professional best practices, training programs, and certification standards.

CFI’s professional division provides educational activities for professional interpreters, students, and the bench and bar. CFI’s annual conference and other seminars offer required continuing education credits and networking opportunities to professional and aspiring court interpreters.

CFI provides collective bargaining, representation and other advocacy services to union members as the exclusive representative of more than 900 interpreters employed in the state trial courts in four regional bargaining units. As a union, CFI Local 39000 affiliation receives political, financial and legal support from The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, an international labor union with more than 750,000 members nationally.

CFI became an organizing local in 2014 and in 2015 became CFI Local 39000, an autonomous local run by interpreters for interpreters. Read the Bylaws of CFI Local 39000.

Our Mission

CFI’s mission is to bring together interpreters of all languages to speak with one voice: the voice of unity.

  • To unite interpreters who strongly believe that the recognition and advancement of the profession can only be achieved by providing quality oral, sign language and written translations.
  • To unite interpreters who know their role is vital to the justice system because reliable and impartial interpretation and translation are important to ensure due process of law and adequate representation by counsel for linguistic minorities and the hearing impaired.
  • To advance and uphold the profession of court interpreting and translating.
  • To promote high standards of proficiency by developing and implementing continuing education activities and supporting those of other interpreter/translator organizations.
  • To promote professional ethics and compliance with all laws, including antitrust laws.
  • To represent collective professional and legal interests of interpreters before the court and any local or state entity.
  • Our Staff, Officers and Stewards

    Office and Staff

    555 East Ocean Blvd Suite 460
    Long Beach, CA 90802

    Office Manager/ Administrative Assistant: Montserrat Sanchez, staff1@local39000.org


    List of Stewards by County. Please contact a representative if there is no steward in your county. Click here to see list.

    Local 39000 Board

    • President: Carmen Ramos
    • Vice President: Begonya De Salvo
    • Secretary-Treasurer: Rosa Trevizo
    • Region 1 Board Representative: Maria Antonietta Pellicciari
    • Region 2 Board Representative: Vacant
    • Region 3 Board Representative: Lor Xiong-Roby
    • Region 4 Board Representative: Vacant


    Election Committee

    • Melissa MacCracken
    • Angelica Narvaez
    • Maria Luisa Carrera

    Budget Committee

    • Carmen Ramos, Chair

    Our History

    The California Federation of Interpreters, formerly known as GLAC, was created in 1982 by a group of interpreters working for the Federal and the Los Angeles Superior Courts. Many of these same interpreters were and continue to be involved in the development and administration of the California and Federal court interpreter certification examinations. Shortly after its inception, GLAC affiliated with CCIA as one of its chapters. For a decade, GLAC successfully represented interpreters’ interests in the Los Angeles Superior Court with respect to compensation and grievances. In January 1994 GLAC became an independent organization, free to pursue the goals and objectives of its membership, and later changed its name to the California Federation of Interpreters. In the late 1990’s, CFI joined with the Bay Area Court Interpreters Association (BACI) in organizing statewide actions and advocacy that resulted in increased compensation for court interpreters statewide. CFI and BACI merged to form a statewide organization and affiliated with TNG-CWA, Local 39521 in order to pursue employment status, collective bargaining rights and full benefits for those interpreters interested in employment with the state courts. CFI became an organizing local in April 2014 and in 2015 became CFI Local 39000, an autonomous local run by interpreters for interpreters.

    Contact Us


    555 East Ocean Blvd., Suite 460 Long Beach, CA 90802