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 Name Type Citysort descending Phone Email
Amharic, Tigrinya, Italian Noel Abraham Other Hawthorene, CA 310-500-6131 ndabraha@gmail.com
K'iche Raul Vincente Other Houston, TX 281-782-7576 raulnvi@gmail.com
Japanese Satoshi Machida Other Kearney, NE 402-219-3352 machidas1@unk.edu
Afrikaans Jacques Du Plessis Other Kemmerer, WY 414-393-8937 Afrikaans@tutanota.com
Hatian Creole Viking Merceron Certified Kennesaw, GA 678-557-1055 haitian_creole_interpreter@yahoo.com
K’ekchi/Q’eqchi James Yoder Other Kokomo, MS 601-731-8070 Jyoder@yodersllc.com
K'iche Teresa Kilpatrick Other LaGrande, OR 541-910-2926 etkilpatrick@gmail.com
Spanish Barbara Yuruvich Arias Certified Lakewood, CO 970-361-0595 besp26@yahoo.com
Tigrinya, Amharic Habtom Tekle Other Laurel, MD 202-375-8568 habtomtekle@yahoo.com
Spanish Cristina Kropf Certified LaVista, NE 402-630-5358 cristina.kropf@cox.net
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Janja Pavetic-Dickey Certified Lawrence, KS 785-393-7823 jpdickey@att.net
Spanish Maria Reutlinger Registered Lexington, NE 308-325-6195 mmaravilla7@hotmail.com
Somali Barre Hassan Other Lexington, NE 402-314-9974 barrehassan26@gmail.com
Spanish Stacey Con Certified Lexington, NE 308-746-2623 staceyleeuse@gmail.com
Romanian Vincent Simic Other Lincoln, NE 402-314-5019 digitalbeing2001@yahoo.com
American Sign Language Margaret Propp Certified Lincoln, NE 402-314-3182 margiepropp@yahoo.com
Vietnamese Rosy Phan Other Lincoln, NE 402-706-2243 rosyphan2@gmail.com
Portuguese Joshua Pryor Other Lincoln, NE 402-290-9835 joshpryor1@gmail.com
Arabic Yaser Eddmeiri Other Lincoln, NE 402-525-4256 jeddmeiri@hotmail.com
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Saira Babagul Other Lincoln, NE 402-470-7642 Paravana1200@yahoo.com
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Elvis Acic Other Lincoln, NE 402-202-5819 elvisacic@aol.com
Arabic, Kurdish, Sudanese Arabic Salim Merza Other Lincoln, NE 402-321-3361 salim.merza@outlook.com
Spanish Erick Saavedra Registered Lincoln, NE 402-730-7854 eesainterpreting@windstream.net
Chinese Mandarin Zhaoyan Zhang Other Lincoln, NE 402-617-6952 zzhang5@unl.edu
Spanish Juan Perez Registered Lincoln, NE 402-540-4738 perezjuan743@gmail.com

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