Join our Cause! Join the National Interpreter Advocacy Forum!
The National Interpreter Advocacy Forum was formed on May 1, 2007 and has become a national movement for language access advocates nationwide. It is a coalition of organizations and individuals that engage in effective advocacy for equitable treatment of language minority individuals. Our mission is to promote language rights, access to credentialed interpreters, and the reimbursement of language services in health care. We provide a forum for language access advocates to organize in task forces and affect change in policies and laws related to language rights. Annual meetings occur on May 1 of each year in a different city in the US. These Task Forces have 1 hr monthly conference calls. If you want to get more involved this is a great way to do it.
Anyone can join. You do NOT have to be a member of any organization. You do NOT have to be an interpreter either. You just have to be passionate about advocating for language access for all!
Our work is organized by Task Forces:
Government Task Force - promotes our mission to government entities and offices
Education Task Force - promotes our mission to interpreter training organizations (academic and occupational)
Interpreter Task Force - promotes our mission to all interpreter associations and organizations
Medical Provider Task Force - promotes our mission to healthcare providers (AMA, Orthopedic association, Nurse associations, practitioner groups)
Healthcare Organization Task Force - promotes our mission to healthcare organizations Language Company Task Force - promotes our mission to language companies
Insurance Company Task Force - promotes our mission to insurance companies
Community Task Force - promotes our mission to communities that utilize interpreters
Chairs organize task force meetings, steer the group and invite others to join their group.
For more information go to http://www.imiaweb.org/advocacy/NatIntAdvForum.asp
To join the National Interpreter Advocacy Forum, or a task force, simply email May1NationalForum@gmail.com with your contact information and the task force you are interested in doing outreach to. You DO NOT have to be a member of that stakeholder group to join a particular task force. You might be an interpreter who wants to reach out to health care providers, or a company owner who wants to reach out to insurance companies ...