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 City Phone Email
Arabic, French Sarah Al Kasaby Other Omaha, NE 402-517-1662 sarah@kinterpret.com
Arabic Yaser Eddmeiri Other Lincoln, NE 402-525-4256 jeddmeiri@hotmail.com
Arabic, Kurdish Khalaf Hesso Other Lincoln, NE 402-310-3703 hessointerpreting@gmail.com
Arabic, Kurdish, Sudanese Arabic Salim Merza Other Lincoln, NE 402-321-3361 salim.merza@outlook.com
Arabic, Sudanese Arabic Tara Trindle Other Omaha, NE 402-649-1352 t.trindle@yahoo.com
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Armenian (Eastern) Suzelle Aghamalian Other Chagrin Falls, OH 440-364-0300 savitsian@gmail.com
Azerbaijani (Northern & Southern), Persian/Farsi/Dari, Tajik, Turkish Manouchehr Mahmoudzadeh Other Fair Oaks, CA 916-969-0889 manouch_m@yahoo.com
Liberian, Krio, Bassa Lois Akumeh Other Lincoln, NE 402-560-1124 loisakumeh@yahoo.com
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Janja Pavetic-Dickey Certified Lawrence, KS 785-393-7823 jpdickey@att.net
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Amila Tanovic-Muslic Registered Lincoln, NE 402-770-1455 amila@arttitude.com
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Elvis Acic Other Lincoln, NE 402-202-5819 elvisacic@aol.com
Burmese, Karen Sunkist Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-215-3299 skhjudson@gmail.com
Burmese, Karen Starbright Judson Other Omaha, NE 531-777-2066 sbright1990@gmail.com
Burmese, Karen Hsa Min Other Carter Lake, IA 402-203-4445 hsamin1988@gmail.com
Burmese, Karen Morics Moo Other Omaha, NE 402-871-9991 moricsmoo@gmail.com
Burmese Kham Noam Nang Other Lincoln, NE 402-770-7256 khamnoam@hotmail.com
Burmese, Hakha Chin Rose Shee Other Omaha, NE 402-591-0248 roseshee95@gmail.com
Cambodian Vannara Lim Other Tacoma, WA 253-678-9270 silakhmer@hotmail.com
Chinese Cantonese Michelle Fann Other Omaha, NE 402-415-9289 wing.fann@gmail.com
Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin Luna Tsang-Sahs Other Cook, NE 402-304-0033 lunatsang@gmail.com
Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin Bin Xu Other Omaha, NE 402-697-8388 bxunew@gmail.com
CART Mydge Heaney Omaha, NE 402-889-2950 icancaptions@gmail.com
Certified Deaf Interpreter Shawn Shannon Certified Omaha, NE 402-999-6440 TEXT ONLY shashannon44@gmail.com
Certified Deaf Interpreter Cody McEvoy Other Omaha, NE 402-201-6188 TEXT ONLY codymcevoy33@gmail.com
Chatino Albino Cruz Vasquez Other Mexico, 011-52-1-9511250371 binovasquez@hotmail.com

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