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 descending City Phone Email
Arabic, French Sarah Al Kasaby Other Omaha, NE 402-517-1662 sarah@kinterpret.com
Afrikaans Jacques Du Plessis Other Kemmerer, WY 414-393-8937 Afrikaans@tutanota.com
Russian Tatyana Novikov Other Omaha, NE 402-996-0802 tnovikov@unomaha.edu
Chinese Mandarin Zhaoyan Zhang Other Lincoln, NE 402-617-6952 zzhang5@unl.edu
Cambodian Vannara Lim Other Tacoma, WA 253-678-9270 silakhmer@hotmail.com
Portuguese, Tarahumara Dale Taylor Other Detroit, MI 402-841-0887 greattranslations@hotmail.com
Chinese Cantonese Michelle Fann Other Omaha, NE 402-415-9289 wing.fann@gmail.com
Bulgarian Daniella D’Louhy Other Seattle, WA 206-937-6244 daniella_ganeva@hotmail.com
Karen Paw Wah Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-3554 tawlow1207@gmail.com
Fur (Dar Fur), Juba Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Nuba Moro Estella Abuelsheikh Other Grand Island, NE 308-379-8823 Estella_Abuelsheikh@yahoo.com
Turkish Jale Bryan Other Bellevue, NE 402-616-9919 bryantmj4@cox.net
K'iche Teresa Kilpatrick Other LaGrande, OR 541-910-2926 etkilpatrick@gmail.com
Chatino Albino Cruz Vasquez Other Mexico, 011-52-1-9511250371 binovasquez@hotmail.com
Romanian Mihai Bledea Other Vernon Hills, IL 847-899-8858 mihaibledea@gmail.com
Mam Bertilda Martin Mendoza Other Portland, OR 971-275-2844 bmaminterpreter@gmail.com
Amharic, Tigrinya Peter Gebre Other Rockville, MD 202-441-7504 peterhagosgebre@gmail.com
Mina, Ewe, French Etornam "Kiki" Kouete Other Bennington, NE 402-813-4239 kikikouete@yahoo.com
Japanese Satoshi Machida Other Kearney, NE 402-219-3352 machidas1@unk.edu
K’ekchi/Q’eqchi James Yoder Other Kokomo, MS 601-731-8070 Jyoder@yodersllc.com
Nuer Keak Kierkok Other Bellevue, NE 402-706-6086 KeakKierkok@gmail.com
Liberian, Krio, Bassa Lois Akumeh Other Lincoln, NE 402-560-1124 loisakumeh@yahoo.com
Kisii, Mai Mai, Somali, Swahili Abukar Madimba Other Omaha, NE 402-917-2078 Madimbaa@yahoo.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Mirwais Shinwari Other Omaha, NE 402-218-6656 mshinwari1352@gmail.com
Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin Bin Xu Other Omaha, NE 402-697-8388 bxunew@gmail.com
Czech Petr Hoferek Other Omaha, NE 402-203-2816 p1hoferek@aol.com

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