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CFI's participation in international symposium forges intercontinental collaboration

(Feb. 17, 2015) _ CFI President Ariel Torrone and Camille Taiara, researcher for CFI’s upcoming White Paper on Language Access in California Courts, attended AVIDICUS’s International Symposium on Bilingual Conferencing in Legal Settings in Paris on Jan. 21-22 and met with AVIDICUS project leaders.

Torrone and Taiara’s visit represented the first time that a U.S.-based interpreter organization participated in an AVIDICUS symposium. It proved very instructive for both CFI and AVIDICUS, launching what we hope to be a new era of intercontinental collaboration on language access rights in judicial settings. The two organizations are discussing the possibility of AVIDICUS project leader Dr. Sabine Braun of the University of Surrey and Cynthia Giambruno of Universidad Alicante visiting California and participating in CFI’s next conference in October.

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Board Meeting

CFI Local 39000's Board Meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 18, 2016, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
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Comments

CFI warns Court Future Commission of VRI misuse and employment system changes

SAN FRANCISCO (Feb. 8, 2016) _ CFI cautioned about the misuse of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and pointed out problems in the regional bargaining system for employee interpreters as part of written comments submitted ahead of Monday's meeting of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System.

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LABOR LAW

Labor Law Update Conference scheduled for March in NorCal and September for SoCal

(Jan. 28, 2016) _ An all-day conference to update Union leaders, workers and activists is scheduled for March 5, 2016 in Northern California and September 17, 2016 in Southern California.

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LANGUAGE ACCESS

CFI, legal organizations highlight to LAP task force how courts fall short on language access 

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 27, 2016) _ CFI president Ariel Torrone expressed his appreciation Wednesday for the work the Language Access Plan Implementation task force has undertaken but cautioned that some courts are still not adhering to the group's recommendations.

Torrone told the task force about stopping at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, where a severe shortage of Spanish interpreters has crippled language access for court users and led to health problems for several interpreters. 

"CFI, and I personally, also are very, very thrilled about this plan...," Torrone said. "But news doesn't seem to percolate to all the courts."

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