The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators' mission is to promote quality services in the field of legal interpreting and translating. Our members play a critical role in ensuring due process, equal protection and equal access for non-English or limited English proficient (LEP) individuals who interact with the judicial system.

As of 2011, membership in the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators totals over 1200 professionals , and includes practicing spoken language judiciary interpreters and translators, as well as those who interpret or translate in other settings, judges, Ph.D. linguists, educators, researchers, students, administrators, and managers of non-profit community language bureaus and for-profit language agencies. NAJIT boasts a growing number of interpreters who work between English and American Sign Language (ASL). While most of our membership resides in the U.S, some members live and work in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Anyone with an interest in the field of judiciary interpreting and translating or who shares NAJIT's interests and objectives is welcome to join.

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  • October 27, 2014-- NAJIT members- Are you attending the ATA Conference on November 5th through the 8th? If you are, sign up to volunteer for the NAJIT table that will be at the conference! This is a great way to connect to language professionals and spread the word about all of the amazing work NAJIT does. Click here to read more information and to see the time slots for the table. Sign up today!

  • October 24, 2014 -- Are you up at night, constantly thinking about the last case, or tomorrow's schedule? Many interpreters can relate. Read this week's NAJIT blog post here, and share any sleep remedies you may have for your colleagues who are just as sleepless as you!

  • October 17, 2014 -- Along with the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Plan (found here) NAJIT also wants to focus on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Plan. Review this plan here, and contact NAJIT with any comments directly here. NAJIT welcomes your reviews/comments on the both the FEMA and ICE Plans!

  • October 17, 2014 -- Are you constantly juggling multiple schedules, "fixing" everything so the day can run as smoothly as possible? Check out this week's NAJIT blog post here to see how Janis Palma plays the role of "fixer" to make sure everything gets done!

  • October 16, 2014 -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently seeking individuals, groups, etc, to submit comments so they can improve their service on their recently released draft Language Access Plans. These draft plans are the efforts to provide meaningful access to DHS programs and activities to LEP persons. Our community of translators, interpreters and others have very valuable input. Here at NAJIT, we are currently focusing on the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Plan. We are working on a draft to send to DHS on the ICE Plan, and we would love YOUR input! Feel free to read over the plan here, and contact NAJIT with any comments here. NAJIT welcomes your reviews/comments on the ICE Plan!

  • October 10, 2014 -- Is it time to make friends with Spanglish? How do you maintain your ethical and professional guidelines when Spanglish is used in the courtroom? Read this week's blog post here, and share/discuss your thoughts on the evolution of language!

  • October 3, 2014 -- Why should YOU present at this year's 36th Annual NAJIT conference? Check out this week's blog post here, and start thinking of a proposal for this year's conference!

  • September 26, 2014 -- How are you celebrating International Interpreters and Translators Day? Read Janis Palma's blog post here to see why she thinks this holiday needs to be a special celebration, and how she is celebrating this year. Comment/share how you are celebrating!

  • September 24, 2014 -- NAJIT invites proposals for the 36th Annual Conference on May 15th-17th, 2015 in Atlanta, GA! Papers on all topics relevant to our profession are welcome. Please submit all relevant information electronically. The final proposal deadline is December 1, 2014. You can find the form here.

  • September 19, 2014 -- Meet our newest blog member in this week's blog post! Read Maria Teresa Perez's first post as a NAJIT blog member here, and leave your thoughts and comments!

  • September 12, 2014 -- Thank you so much for all of your hard work, Freek! On this week's blog post, we receive the unfortunate news that InTrans Book Service, Inc. is closing its doors. Freek will always be our favorite bookseller- check out this week's blog post here, and comment/share your thanks to Freek and his 25 years of service to all language professionals.

  • September 5, 2014 -- In this week's blog post, Jennifer De La Cruz writes a poem that goes out to all conference committees, sharing her deep respect and gratitude she has for all of the people who work tirelessly to promote a worthy cause. Read this week's blog post here and comment/share any great experiences you have had at a conference thanks to the conference committee who planned it!

  • September 2, 2014 -- Although technique is essential while interpreting, interpreters must also have excellent people managment skills in the courtroom to deal with any and all challenges that come up at a moment's notice. Click here to read Athena Matilsky's blog post today, and share any words of wisdom you may have!

  • August 26, 2014 -- SAVE THE DATE: NAJIT's 36th Annual Conference is in Atlanta, Georgia on May 15th-May 17th! More details to come!

  • August 25, 2014 -- Rituals are what keep us balanced in our everyday and work life. Janis Palma shares her belief system and discusses her rituals when preparing for the courtroom. Do you have any great rituals you want to share? Check out this week's blog post here, and comment and share any rituals you cannot live without!

  • August 19, 2014-- NAJIT Members: Are you interested in social media, marketing, and/or outreach? We are looking for passionate volunteers for the PR Committee! Click here to read the description of the committee, and volunteer today! Remember- you must be a NAJIT member to volunteer.

  • August 18, 2014 -- Holly Mikkelson's training was one for the books! Did you miss it? Read all about it on this week's NAJIT blog here. Make sure to comment/discuss what you may have learned or any questions you may have!

  • August 11, 2014 -- Gio Lester explains how she ensures accurate and quality service in the courtroom in this week's blog post here. Check it out, and share some of your tips and tricks to excellent service!

  • August 4, 2014 -- Social media in the courtroom raises many new questions for interpreters and translators. For instance, what is the protocol on translating a text message written in short hand? Read this week's blog post here, and share your thoughts on the social media challenge!

  • July 25, 2014 -- Being invisible is the goal of a court interpreter- and it's not easy! Catch up on this week's blog post here, and read Janis Palma's insight on the art of becoming invisible in the court room.

  • July 18, 2014 -- Read this week's blog post here to find out all the great information Kevin Mercado learned from a training session he attended last Saturday.

  • July 11, 2014 -- Volunteers are what keep organizations like NAJIT functioning. Read this week's blog post here, and remember- it is YOUR passion that NAJIT needs to thrive!

  • July 7, 2014 -- As we have seen in the World Cup, there is quite the controversy regarding the meanings of particular words yelled from the stands. Read this week's blog post here, and let us know how you handle the challenges of interpreting today's modern "impolite" language.

  • July 2, 2014-- Are you looking for a way to become more involved with NAJIT? The Membership Committee is currently seeking volunteers! Click here to read the description of the committee, and volunteer today. Remember- you must be a NAJIT member to volunteer.

  • June 27, 2014 -- Do you still feel the thrill of interpreting? Read this week's blog post here, and you will find out that even after 11 years, some people still love every second of their job.

  • June 24, 2014-- Calling all volunteers! We are now looking for NAJIT members to volunteer for the Public Relations Committee and the Blog Subcommittee. Click here to read the description for the Public Relations Committee, and here for the Blog Subcommittee, and volunteer today. And remember- you must be a NAJIT member to volunteer.

  • June 20, 2014 -- When you interpret, how much of an "actor" do you become? Click here to read the latest post on the NAJIT blog and find out more about the power of the inflected voice.

  • June 13, 2014 -- Click here to read the latest post on the NAJIT blog and learn how to avoid "false friends."

  • June 12, 2014-- Interested in being a part of the Bench and Bar Committee? We are looking for volunteers now! Click here to read the description of the committee, and volunteer today. Remember- you must be a NAJIT member to volunteer.

  • June 11, 2014-- NAJIT members- We are looking for volunteers for the Advocacy Committee and the Conference Committee! Click here to read the description of each committee, and volunteer today. Remember- you must be a NAJIT member to volunteer.

  • June 6, 2014 -- Click here to read the latest post on the NAJIT blog.