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Downtown LA (March 7, 2023) Thank you to KFI 640 am, Univisión 32, The LA Times, News Of The World, Spectrum News, Estrella TV, Telemundo, Vision Latina TV, ChinaPress & Telerey for attending our press conference for Local 39000 California Federation of Interpreters. Today CFI is negotiating their new contract and thanks to all of you their message was heard loud and clear yesterday in the City of LA. 


LA Superior Court is facing a critical shortage of court interpreters for indigenous languages, Spanish, and other languages- creating a two-tier justice system for individuals who do not speak English proficiently. 

Court interpreters are a constitutionally guaranteed right. The 6th amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right for non-English speaking individuals to have access to a court interpreter when they are involved in a legal case. Without proper interpretation, vulnerable and marginalized individuals are unable to effectively express themselves or comprehend the court process.

Los Angeles is a very diverse county with over 200 languages spoken; however LA Superior Court is mismanaging the Language Access Funds by not valuing their workforce that is leaving the courts in record numbers, and failing to hire indigenous language interpreters as employees with equal access to county benefits.

The Los Angeles Superior Court must take immediate steps to address the disparity, e.g., engaging with indigenous language experts and community organizations in order to gain a better understanding of the language needs of indigenous court users; increasing interpreter availability; & ensuring that all court documents are available in multiple languages. Only then will we be able to achieve equal access to justice for all. 
Thank you to our preferred vendor Cosmos Sound, Lightning & Video for their amazing work. @cosmosslv 

Photo: Begonya De Salvo, Regional Representative & Spokesperson for CFI & Jasmin Espada, Publicist for The California Federation of Interpreters @cal.interpreters