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Associations for Translators and Interpreters

American Translators Association (ATA)

Founded in 1959 and now 11,000 members strong, ATA is now the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the USA, with chapters and local groups throughout the country. Its sought-after certification is a highly respected standard in the industry. http://atanet.org/

American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation (AFTI)

Founded in 1997 AFTI is a 501(c)(3) foundation affiliated with the American Translators Association that was established to help the translation and interpreting professions preserve their history, assist in their present work, and stimulate future research through grants. It supports charitable activities, education, and research in support of the translation and interpreting professions. http://www.afti.org/

American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association (ATISA)

ATISA’s mission is to promote and support translation and interpreting studies. It publishes a journal (TIS, Translation and Interpreting Studies) and organizes a conference every other year. It is affiliated to IATIS. http://www.atisa.org/

International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS)

The International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote interactions between scholars around the world and allow them to exchange knowledge, expertise, and resources regarding translation and other forms of intercultural communication. http://www.iatis.org/

International Federation of Translators (FIT)

FIT (the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs/International Federation of Translators) is an international grouping of associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists. Over 100 professional associations are affiliated, representing over 80,000 translators in 55 countries. Its goal is to promote professionalism, improve conditions for translators, and defend their rights and freedom of expression.
Source: http://www.fit-ift.org/

Translators without Borders (TWB)

TWB is the American sister non-profit organization of Traducteurs sans Frontières (TSF, founded in 1993). Translators without Borders provides translation of over 2 million words per year for a variety of non-government organizations focusing on health, nutrition, and education such as Doctors without Borders or Oxfam US. TWB is constantly seeking for volunteer translators, who can fill in an application form online. http://translatorswithoutborders.org/

New York Circle of Translators


NYCT is a chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA). It is a non-profit association that has been serving the New York metropolitan area since 1979, assisting new and experienced translators and interpreters in their career development. It members, now over 200, are independent translators, interpreters and language service providers. Source: http://nyctranslators.org/

National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT)

The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators is a non-profit professional organization for interpreters and translators working in court and legal settings, whose mission is to promote quality services in the field of legal interpreting and translating. Source: http://www.najit.org/


The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA)

ALTA is a non-profit arts organization and the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to literary translation. Resources, support, and advocacy are among the benefits offered to its members. Its annual conference brings together literary translators, academic institutions, and presses. Its 2017 conference will be held in New York City. http://literarytranslators.org

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is a non-profit organization established in 1964 that advocates for standards, ethics, and professionalism for American Sign Language Interpreters. It delivers certifications meeting national standards to both deaf and hearing interpreters. https://www.rid.org/

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters

Established in 1986, this public charity organization seeks to improve the communication between patients and health providers. It delivers a nationally-recognized certification to medical interpreters and offers tools to prepare for the certification. The Board is an independent special division of the International Medical Interpreters Association. http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/

The International Medical Interpreter’s Association

Based in the US and founded in 1986, The IMIAis an international standard-setting organization for medical interpreters that seeks to ensure equitable language access to health care patients. Its members provide interpreting services in over 70 languages. Terminology resources and continuing education are some of the benefits offered to its members. http://www.imiaweb.org/