Welcome to the Washington Chapter of the IMIA. The IMIA's goal is for all IMIA Chapters to flourish to meet all the needs of the members of each region. While the IMIA is international it believes in the 'Think Global, Act Local' motto. We will have periodic conference calls to allow members in this region to network and find ways to advance the profession together in the region. Please email your representative with ideas, issues, and topics that you think should be discussed. The IMIA believes that organizing an IMIA Symposium each year in each state should be a key goal of the Chapter. If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please let your representative know.
Many WA interpreters are asking about requirements for background checks when working through HCA's broker-agency system or at DSHS appointments in general. Our Interpreters United, Local 1671 union contract says, "Annually, the interpreter will obtain one criminal history background check and keep it on file with one broker." Request a background check for yourself (currently $10) and then provide a copy to one of HCA's brokers.