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
Karen Khu Say Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-2290 khu.say10@gmail.com
Karen Paw Wah Other Lincoln, NE 402-405-3554 tawlow1207@gmail.com
K’ekchi/Q’eqchi James Yoder Other Kokomo, MS 601-731-8070 Jyoder@yodersllc.com
K'iche Sixta Sass Registered Port Orchard, WA 360-876-7140 sixtasass@att.net
K'iche Alicia Canuz Venutra Other 213-985-8821 mzatbalam@gmail.com
K'iche Misael Itzep Other Alta Loma, CA 909-646-0238 itzep2u@gmail.com
K'iche Teresa Kilpatrick Other LaGrande, OR 541-910-2926 etkilpatrick@gmail.com
K'iche Martin Poz Perez Other Berkeley, CA 510-610-6555 mp27perez@gmail.com
K'iche Raul Vincente Other Houston, TX 281-782-7576 raulnvi@gmail.com
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 m_jacques2001@yahoo.fr
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 m_jacques2001@yahoo.fr
Kisii, Mai Mai, Somali, Swahili Abukar Madimba Other Omaha, NE 402-917-2078 Madimbaa@yahoo.com
Korean YoYo Yong Beom Kim Certified Chicago, IL 773-793-6266 yoyokim@aol.com
Korean Young Lee Certified Olympia, WA 360-789-3186 younglee777@comcast.net
Korean Lee Pankowski Other Omaha, NE 402-250-2652 leepankowski@gmail.com
Liberian, Krio, Bassa Lois Akumeh Other Lincoln, NE 402-560-1124 loisakumeh@yahoo.com
Kunama Negussie Agar Other Aurora, CO 720-388-5448 Negussie1260@gmail.com
Arabic, Kurdish Khalaf Hesso Other Lincoln, NE 402-310-3703 hessointerpreting@gmail.com
Kurdish Gulie Khalaf Other Lincoln, NE 402- 802-7679 gkhalaf49@gmail.com
Arabic, Kurdish, Sudanese Arabic Salim Merza Other Lincoln, NE 402-321-3361 salim.merza@outlook.com
Laotian, Thai Tamni Sundling Other Alda, NE 308-382-0887 tamnisgarden@gmail.com
Laotian, Thai Joseph Tasma Other Livonia, MI 419-973-4995 thai2michigan@aol.com
Liberian, Krio, Bassa Lois Akumeh Other Lincoln, NE 402-560-1124 loisakumeh@yahoo.com
Mai Mai, Somali Abukar Abraham Other Stone Mountain, GA 404-955-2000 info@somalitranslator.com
Kisii, Mai Mai, Somali, Swahili Abukar Madimba Other Omaha, NE 402-917-2078 Madimbaa@yahoo.com

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