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
Spanish Alex Perez Certified Lincoln, NE 402-730-3440 lapereze@hotmail.com
American Sign Language Kelly Brakenhoff Certified Lincoln, NE 402-440-5237 kelly.brakenhoff@gmail.com
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Amila Tanovic-Muslic Registered Lincoln, NE 402-770-1455 amila@arttitude.com
American Sign Language Frances Beaurivage Certified Lincoln, NE 402-540-6946 Francesbeaurivage@gmail.com
Karen Khu Say Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-2290 khu.say10@gmail.com
Ukrainian, Russian Serhiy Horokhovskyy Other Lincoln, NE 402-853-6083 sergey.horokhovskiy@gmail.com
Arabic, Kurdish Khalaf Hesso Other Lincoln, NE 402-310-3703 hessointerpreting@gmail.com
American Sign Language Sharon Sinkler Certified Lincoln, NE 402-525-2340 sharon.sinkler@gmail.com
Burmese Kham Noam Nang Other Lincoln, NE 402-770-7256 khamnoam@hotmail.com
Deaf Interpreter Kim Davis Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-8786 kjdavis2007@gmail.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Feriedoon Ghulamhassan Other Lincoln, NE 402-318-4024 gferiedoon@hotmail.com
Swahili Godlove Lekule Other Lincoln, NE 402-580-7303 melcoy2@yahoo.com
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 m_jacques2001@yahoo.fr
Russian, Ukrainian Nick Nersesian Registered Lincoln, NE 402-314-4441 NickN50@gmail.com
Kurdish Gulie Khalaf Other Lincoln, NE 402- 802-7679 gkhalaf49@gmail.com
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Urdu Baktash Babagul Other Lincoln, NE 402-480-4181 Babagul.Baktash@hotmail.com
Russian, Ukrainian Oleg Stepanyuk Other Lincoln, NE 402-610-2618 Olegstepanyuk.hop@gmail.com
Vietnamese Maizyen Nguyen Other Lincoln, NE 402-304-5327 maimailbx@gmail.com
Spanish Belkin Gonzalez Certified Lincoln, NE 308-380-3131 gonzalezbelkin@yahoo.com
Spanish Ben Hammar Registered Lincoln, NE 402-975-0235 bph236@nyu.edu
Karen Paw Wah Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-3554 tawlow1207@gmail.com
Spanish Lissette Gilster Registered Lincoln, NE 402-326-3956 jmzlissette@yahoo.com
Liberian, Krio, Bassa Lois Akumeh Other Lincoln, NE 402-560-1124 loisakumeh@yahoo.com
Tagalog Loraine Perez Other Lincoln, NE 402-802-8110 lgap419@gmail.com
Chinese Mandarin Ralene Cheng Other Lincoln, NE 402-326-7849 ruilincheng@hotmail.com

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