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 Typesort ascending City Phone Email
Hindi, Nepali Kumar Gurung Other Omaha, NE 402-812-5616 drkumargurungphd@gmail.com
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 m_jacques2001@yahoo.fr
Hmong Naima Lo Other Omaha, NE 402-208-6546 Lonaima89@gmail.com
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Tajik, Urdu Nadia Bessembinders Other Gretna, NE 402-320-0536 nbessembinders@gmail.com
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Dhalbeng Malual Other Bellevue, NE 402-315-8549 dhalbeng@me.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Feriedoon Ghulamhassan Other Lincoln, NE 402-318-4024 gferiedoon@hotmail.com
Burmese, Hakha Chin Rose Shee Other Omaha, NE 402-591-0248 roseshee95@gmail.com
Swahili Godlove Lekule Other Lincoln, NE 402-580-7303 melcoy2@yahoo.com
Hindi, Gujarati Shivani Patel Other Omaha, NE 402-490-3124 spatel_india@hotmail.com
Mortlockese Jill Short Other Charlotte Hill, MD 240-346-0932 chuukesetranslator@gmail.com
Burmese, Karen Starbright Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-777-2066 sbright1990@gmail.com
Oromo, Amharic Ashenafi Ejjigu Other Omaha, NE 651-399-2230 ashenafigoshu@yahoo.com
Kunama Negussie Agar Other Aurora, CO 720-388-5448 Negussie1260@gmail.com
Pohnpeian Dr. Mike Schell Other Anderson, SC 252-639-0322 Schellspohnpei@msn.com
Laotian, Thai Joseph Tasma Other Livonia, MI 419-973-4995 thai2michigan@aol.com
Vietnamese Rosy Phan Other Lincoln, NE 402-706-2243 rosyphan2@gmail.com
Indonesian Johannes Tan Other Beaverton, OR 503-901-7467 jt@indotransnet.com
Arabic Yaser Eddmeiri Other Lincoln, NE 402-525-4256 jeddmeiri@hotmail.com
Mai Mai, Somali Abukar Abraham Other Stone Mountain, GA 404-955-2000 info@somalitranslator.com
Hindi Augustin Moses Other Auburn, WA 913-484-0562 amoses7@gmail.com
Kurdish Gulie Khalaf Other Lincoln, NE 402- 802-7679 gkhalaf49@gmail.com
Vietnamese Sa Fielder Other Omaha, NE 402-281-8307 sayfielder@yahoo.com
Burmese, Karen Hsa Min Other Carter Lake, IA 402-203-4445 hsamin1988@gmail.com
Telugu Subbanna Varanasi Other Des Moines, IA 515-450-7052 subbu515@gmail.com
Portuguese Joshua Pryor Other Lincoln, NE 402-290-9835 joshpryor1@gmail.com

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