Archive for June, 2012

Professional Interpreters for Justice campaign

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Professional Interpreters for Justice (PI4J)

Ten professional interpreters’ organisations, including the profession’s regulatory body National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI), representing 2,350 registered public service interpreters in 101 languages, are united in the Professional Interpreters for Justice campaign.

The campaign’s three aims are to:
• Reverse the outsourcing to Applied Language Solutions (ALS) or other commercial agencies, and the reintroduction of direct employment of freelance interpreters by the courts and police services
• Establish regular dialogue between interpreter organisations and government
• Persuade government to provide statutory regulation of the interpreting profession and protection of the title of Legal Interpreter.

The organisations which are partners in the campaign are:
• APCI – Association of Police and Court Interpreters
• CIOL – The Chartered Institute of Linguists
• ITI – Institute of Translation and Interpreting
• NRPSI – National Register of Public Service Interpreters
• PIA – Professional Interpreters’ Alliance
• NUPIT – National Union of Professional Interpreters and Translators, part of Unite the union
• SOMI – Society of Official Metropolitan Interpreters UK
• SPSI – Society for Professional Public Service Interpreting

The Wales Interpretation and Translation Service (WITS) and the Scottish Interpreters and Translators Association (SITA) are also associated organisations. The campaign steering group meetings are hosted by Unite the union.