California Federation of Interpreters

In memoriam Ventura Torres

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, was a very sad day for the Compton Court interpreters’ family and for all interpreters in the county of Los Angeles. We lost our beloved friend and colleague, Ventura Torres.

Ventura had been a staff interpreter in Compton since the beginning of his career back in the eighties, and everyone in this building knew, respected and loved him to no end. He was one of the most selfless, generous people I knew, if you needed help he was always there to give you the shirt off his back never expecting anything in return.

He was a good father and a loving husband, and my heart aches for the tremendous loss his family suffered today. 

At work, Ventura was the first one to arrive every morning, and the last one to leave at the end of the day. He was a hard worker, something he learned early on in life.

His childhood wasn’t easy, he told me some stories but only because I pried, Ventura never complained about the many hardships he endured, he just faced them like a man even when he was still a child.

As an interpreter, there was no one like him. If you saw him work his skill at the witness stand, a place many interpreters fear and avoid at all costs, he would be cool as a cucumber. Ventura knew his stuff; he was a natural.

Every time I had question about a difficult interpretation I knew who to ask, he never disappointed me, and I know there are dozens, if not hundreds of interpreters, who would say the same thing.

We lost a good friend today, a good man, and exemplary human being.

The void will be impossible to fill, as it should be when you lose someone like Ventura.

Flavio Posse
[Staff Interpreter at Compton Superior Court]


In Memoriam Daniel Felix

Interpreter Daniel Felix, loving husband and father of two children, dies in isolation at age 66

Born on January 28, 1954 in Brawley, California. Daniel’s life was cut short after he lost his battle to COVID-19 this past Sunday, January 17, 2021. 

Daniel married his High-School sweetheart, María Elena, and together they raised their daughter, Massiel, and son Daniel. He had a passion for life. He was always smiling, invariably ready to dance, laugh and live life to the fullest. He would never miss a concert on Friday nights at the Music Center, and California Plaza where he would dance the night away with his wife and friends. He was a family man. His wife and children were the main purpose of his life and he was successful in having a strong and joyful family.



In California there has been an addition of medical interpreters as the list of people who are in the first group to sign up for vaccines. There was a notion that this was only for independent contractors and specifically for those who work only, or mostly as medical interpreters … not employees of the courts. 

The reality is that court interpreters, even as employees of the courts are also included in the medical group. If you look at the back of your certification/registration cards from the Judicial Council, you will see that the bearer of that card is considered a medical interpreter as well. All interpreters registered and certified with the Judicial Council are qualified to sign up for vaccinations in Phase 1A Priority Populations: 

  • Healthcare workers: Persons at high and moderate risk of exposure to SARS CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings. This population includes persons at direct risk of exposure in their non-clinical roles, such as, but not limited to, environmental services, patient transport, or language interpretation.

In Memoriam Felix Tobin

 It is with great sadness we inform you that Felix Tobin, Spanish interpreter since 1983, passed away on January 7th, 2021, in the comfort of his sister’s home in Calabasas. He had been suffering a long illness not related to COVID-19.

In Memoriam Sergio Cafaro

Beloved Downtown LosAngeles Interpreter Succumbs to COVID-19

Sergio Cafaro, a certified Spanish-language interpreter in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, a committed and passionate public servant who earned the admiration and love of his fellow court interpreters, died Jan. 12 from complications due to COVID-19. He was 56.

Mr. Cafaro, who lived in Thousand Oaks, had been hospitalized at Los Robles Regional Medical Center since late-December. His wife, Delia, confirmed his death yesterday in a telephone call with Mr. Cafaro's colleague, interpreter Daniel Sosa.

Known for his warmth, peaceful spirit, and devotion to work – he never missed a day on the job during the nine-month COVID-19 pandemic – Mr. Cafaro was a friendly presence at the Clara Shortridge-Foltz Criminal Justice Center, popularly known as the Criminal Courts Building, or CCB.

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