Severe Spanish interpreter shortage drawing attention in Santa Clara

SAN JOSE (Jan. 20, 2016) _ Steward Carmen Ramos has been highlighting the severe shortage of Spanish interpreters at the Santa Clara Superior Court, leading to two reports that aired last week on the local NBC news.



CFI committee tackling LA Court issues

LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2016) _ Members of the bargaining committee met recently with LA court administration to discuss the impacts of the civil expansion and related changes the court has made over the past year.



CFI to participate in International Symposium

(Jan. 20, 2015) _ CFI representatives will attend the International Symposium on Bilingual Videoconferencing in Legal Settings January 21 through 22.

Participation in the conference will allow CFI to connect with experts in the field and gather important information to assist in our advocacy for appropriate VRI use in California.


Interpreter Budget

Gov. Brown proposes additional $7 million for interpreting in civil matters

SACRAMENTO (Jan. 7, 2016) _ Gov. Jerry Brown earmarked an additional $7 million to provide court interpreters in civil matters in the latest proposed general budget. The amount is in addition to the proposed 2016-2017 budget allocation of $94.5 million for interpreter services.

The proposed budget will be considered and modified by the senate and assembly, and the legislature must adopt a final budget by the end of June 2016.

CFI President Ariel Torrone praised the funding expansion decision today in a letter to the governor and pledged to continue working toward greater language access.

"On behalf of all interpreters in California I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for not only supporting but also funding the expansion of language services in our court system. Serving the different cultures and languages of all Californians will go a long way to show our commitment to equal access for all,” Torrone wrote.


Language Access

Survey of Obstacles to Language Access in California Courts

by Camille Taiara
Jan. 6, 2016

CFI thanks all interpreters who documented obstacles to language access in California courts as part of our month-long campaign, held October 13 through November 13, 2015. We received incident reports from 14 counties: Fresno, Tulare, El Dorado, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz and Sacramento.

The general themes that emerged from these reports can be broken down as follows:
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