for our profession.
AIJIC's advocacy focuses on legislation and other matters that significantly affect our profession. Our most recent accomplishments include:
• Getting relief from AB5, which threatened our ability to work as legitimate independent contractors. After successful advocacy by our lobbyist, Mandy Lee from Omni Government Relations, Governor Newsom signed AB 2257 into law on September 4, 2020. This law allows interpreters to continue working as independent contractors when hired by agencies. Interpreting services have been defined in AB 2257 as: “Services provided by a certified or registered interpreter in a language with an available certification or registration through the Judicial Council of California, State Personnel Board, or any other agency or department in the State of California, or through a testing organization, agency, or educational institution approved or recognized by the state, or through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, International Association of Conference Interpreters, United States Department of State, or the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.”
We have also:
• Sued the Orange County Superior Court for refusing to produce records that explain their policy of turning away privately hired interpreters in court. After over a year and a half of litigation, the court was ordered to produce these records, which confirm that turning away privately hired interpreters had no basis. The court was also ordered to reimburse us costs and attorney fees.
• Represented independent court interpreters on Language Access Plan guidelines and opposing the policy to provide interpreters for every civil proceeding regardless of income.
• Met with DIR officials about the proposed fee schedule for Workers Comp. Proceedings (still pending).
• Sponsored a nationwide petition to get the Administrative Office of the US Courts to make the list of federally certified interpreters available online to the public.
If you would like to bring to our attention any legislation or regulation that would adversely impact our profession, please email us at email@example.com.