Anna Witter-Merithew to Present StreetLeverage–Live 2014 Thursday Night Session2 min read

February 4, 2014
Anna Witter-Merithew
Anna Witter-Merithew

February 4, 2014:

StreetLeverage is thrilled to host Anna Witter-Merithew on Thursday night, May 1, 2014 from 6:30p – 9:00p, as part of it’s StreetLeverage – Live thought leadership event being held in the greater Austin, TX area.

This kick-off session will offer participants an opportunity to join Anna Witter-Merithew in a guided exploration of perspectives and strategies on accurately interpreting suspect statements during a police investigation.

Session Details:

Interpreting Suspect Statements to the Police: Perspectives on Accuracy

Thursday, May 1, 2014: 6:30p – 9:00p

This 2.5-hour workshop will focus on the analysis of interpretations of suspect statements given during police investigations.  The goals of the workshop are to 1) explore our perspectives on what constitutes an accurate interpretation, and 2) identify effective strategies interpreters can employ to ensure the accuracy and reliability of their interpretations of such statements.  Interpreting suspect statements during police questioning is challenging for a variety of reasons–including the high-stress and high-risk context in which such communication unfolds.  In police investigations, suspect statements are used to determine if criminal charges will be pursued and as evidence in related court proceedings.  By examining actual interpretations of suspect statements, workshop participants will explore cross-linguistic meaning, gain unique insight into the challenges that exist, and explore procedures and protocol that maximize effective interpretations.  This workshop is highly participatory and participants should come prepared to engage in small group discussion and demonstration.

To register click here.

Session jointly sponsored by the DARS-Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

StreetLeverage – Live 2014 Event Details:

StreetLeverage – Live 2014 is being held in the greater Austin, TX area May 1-4, 2014.

For more information on the event, click here.

To register click here.

Anna Witter-Merithew Bio:

Anna Witter-Merithew, M.Ed., CAIF, CSC, SC:L, OIC:C, SC:PA, CI and CT, is the Director for the Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center at the University of Northern Colorado.  She has been a practicing interpreter and interpreter educator, program developer and program administrator since 1972.  Her leadership roles have included serving as President and Vice President of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and co-founder and Vice President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Anna has been instrumental in the advancement of the education of interpreters in legal settings as a program developer and administrator, teacher and author for more than three decades.  Anna’s most recent work has focused on defining the competencies of generalist and specialist practitioners, and exploring the role of relational autonomy in the definition and implementation of the interpreter’s role. Publications include the 12-part DVD series and workbook entitled, Interpreting in the American Legal System, a workbook entitled, The Dimensions of Ethical Decision-Making, co-authored with Kellie Stewart, Toward Competent Practice: Conversations with Stakeholders, co-authored with Dr. Leilani Johnson, and a variety of journal and proceedings articles.

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