Statewide Register of Interpreters

Statewide Register of Interpreters

Court Staff, Probation Staff and Court-Ordered Mediation

If an interpreter is needed during business hours, court and probation personnel need to email all interpreter requests to the Operations Team with the county name in the subject line.  Court and probation personnel should not be contacting the interpreters directly and scheduling interpreter services. The only exception is for unplanned probation needs outside of normal business hours.

The initial request needs to contain all the following information:

  • Language
  • Date
  • Start time of all court ordered meetings/hearings or probation activities
  • Name
  • Case Number
  • Charges
  • Courtroom #
  • Hearing Type
  • Judge's Name
  • Attorney's Name and/or PO's Name
  • Meeting Type (PSI, PDI, FTM…)
  • Expected Duration
  • Address where the interpreter needs to go
  • Contact person info

Court personnel should follow this formal request process even if the judge or clerk magistrate asked the interpreter on the record if they are available for the next court date.  This will ensure the Language Access Program can confirm an interpreter has been scheduled and ensure they are paid for their services. ​

Attorneys

The Language Access Program does not pay interpreters used to facilitate communication between an attorney and client outside of the hearing.  Interpreters can assist with brief conversations if time allows.  As a rule, attorneys should contract with interpreters when they need to meet with their clients to discuss their case, court processes, and strategy.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability. 

“To address these needs, the Nebraska Legislature, under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 and LB1014, set aside $500,000 in federal funds for Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24 to reimburse expenses incurred in the provision of qualified, licensed sign language interpreters (whether on-site or remote) throughout the state (including Lincoln and Omaha) to provide effective communication access services between attorneys and deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing individuals outside of the courtroom.”  Click here for more information or contact the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  

Mental Health Board Hearings, Non-Court Ordered Mediation and State agencies

The Language Access Program does not pay for the interpreter when they are needed for Mental Health Board hearings, non-court ordered mediation or by other state agencies.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability.  

Workers Compensation Court

The Language Access Program will pay for the interpreter, but it is the employer’s obligation to schedule the interpreter.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters to find and secure an interpreter.  Please note that the Nebraska Supreme Court rule on interpreter payment rate must be adhered to, otherwise payment may be denied.    

Language(s) Name Type City Phone Email
Hindi, Nepali Kumar Gurung Other Omaha, NE 402-812-5616 Email
Nepali Puspa Luitel Other Mason, OH 513-834-0190 Email
Nepali Yadu Sapkota Other Omaha, NE 402-301-4782 Email
Fur (Dar Fur), Juba Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Nuba Moro Estella Abuelsheikh Other Grand Island, NE 308-379-8823 Email
Dinka, Juba Arabic, Nuer, Sudanese Arabic Joseph Jok Other San Diego, CA 858-877-1436 Email
Nuer Keak Kierkok Other Bellevue, NE 402-706-6086 Email
Oromo Fatiya Adam Other Sioux City, IA 712-223-4464 Email
Oromo, Amharic Addisu Aedu Other Minneapolis, MN 612-426-1209 Email
Oromo, Amharic Ashenafi Ejjigu Other Omaha, NE 651-399-2230 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Urdu Baktash Babagul Other Lincoln, NE 402-480-4181 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Feriedoon Ghulamhassan Other Lincoln, NE 402-318-4024 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari Jawaid Kotwal Other Sterling, VA 703-581-2312 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Mirwais Shinwari Other Omaha, NE 402-218-6656 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Armenian (Eastern) Suzelle Aghamalian Other Chagrin Falls, OH 440-364-0300 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Urdu Baktash Babagul Other Lincoln, NE 402-480-4181 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Saira Babagul Other Lincoln, NE 402-470-7642 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Tajik, Urdu Nadia Bessembinders Other Gretna, NE 402-320-0536 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Feriedoon Ghulamhassan Other Lincoln, NE 402-318-4024 Email
Tajik, Persian/Farsi/Dari Gila Khabbaza Other Odenton, MD 917-837-6902 Email
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Russian Farzona Komilova Other Omaha, NE 402-813-8888 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari Jawaid Kotwal Other Sterling, VA 703-581-2312 Email
Azerbaijani (Northern & Southern), Persian/Farsi/Dari, Tajik, Turkish Manouchehr Mahmoudzadeh Other Fair Oaks, CA 916-969-0889 Email
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Mirwais Shinwari Other Omaha, NE 402-218-6656 Email
Arabic, Hindi, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Punjabi, Urdu Sajjad Hamandi Registered Washington, DC 717-253-7632 Email
Pohnpeian Dr. Mike Schell Other Anderson, SC 252-639-0322 Email
Polish Wojciech “Voight” Stremel Certified Chicago, IL 773-251-4416 Email
Arabic, Hindi, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Punjabi, Urdu Sajjad Hamandi Registered Washington, DC 717-253-7632 Email
Romanian Mihai Bledea Other Vernon Hills, IL 847-899-8858 Email
German, Romanian Ioana Paulat Other Portland, OR 360-421-7523 Email
Romanian Vincent Simic Other Lincoln, NE 402-314-5019 Email
Romanian Tatiana Narzarco Certified Mercer Island, WA 206-619-5655 Email
Slovak, Czech Adam Zahradnik Other 6012-988-0638 Email
Mai Mai, Somali Abukar Abraham Other Stone Mountain, GA 404-955-2000 Email
Somali Barre Hassan Other Lexington, NE 402-314-9974 Email
Kisii, Mai Mai, Somali, Swahili Abukar Madimba Other Omaha, NE 402-917-2078 Email
Somali Abdi Elmi Certified Minneapolis, MN 612-423-1022 Email
Somali Mascuud Xaaji Certified Rochester, MN 507-272-1422 Email
Spanish Abigail Acosta Registered Goodland, KS 402-649-7047 Email
Spanish Marcela Chudomelka Registered Ralston, NE 402-905-8630 Email
Spanish Zaida Falcon Registered Omaha, NE 402-690-1379 Email