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
Malayalam Matthew Vathalloor Other Elmont, NY 516-592-2767 Vathalloor@icloud.com
Mam Bertilda Martin Mendoza Other Portland, OR 971-275-2844 bmaminterpreter@gmail.com
Chinese Mandarin Claudio Huang Certified Omaha, NE 402-671-9808 chuangoppd@yahoo.com
Chinese Mandarin Wei Whitbeck Registered Omaha, NE 402-556-3661 wei.whitbeck@gmail.com
Chinese Mandarin Ralene Cheng Other Lincoln, NE 402-326-7849 ruilincheng@hotmail.com
Chinese Mandarin Leslie Shi Other Omaha, NE 402-617-4876 shiyunzhe123@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
Chinese Mandarin Zhaoyan Zhang Other Lincoln, NE 402-617-6952 zzhang5@unl.edu
Marshallese Barbara Fisher Other Clemson, SC 864-873-8387 barbericfish@gmail.com
Mortlockese Jill Short Other Charlotte Hill, MD 240-346-0932 chuukesetranslator@gmail.com
Hindi, Nepali Kumar Gurung Other Omaha, NE 402-812-5616 drkumargurungphd@gmail.com
Nepali Puspa Luitel Other Mason, OH 513-834-0190 puspaluitel20@gmail.com
Nepali Yadu Sapkota Other Omaha, NE 402-301-4782 yadusapkota@yahoo.com
Fur (Dar Fur), Juba Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Nuba Moro Estella Abuelsheikh Other Grand Island, NE 308-379-8823 Estella_Abuelsheikh@yahoo.com
Dinka, Juba Arabic, Nuer, Sudanese Arabic Joseph Jok Other San Diego, CA 619-850-6242 joseph_jok@yahoo.com
Nuer Keak Kierkok Other Bellevue, NE 402-706-6086 KeakKierkok@gmail.com
Oromo Fatiya Adam Other Sioux City, IA 712-223-4464 adam.fatiya@yahoo.com
Oromo, Amharic Addisu Aedu Other Minneapolis, MN 612-426-1209 addma1937@gmail.com
Oromo, Amharic Ashenafi Ejjigu Other Omaha, NE 651-399-2230 ashenafigoshu@yahoo.com
Persian/Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Urdu Baktash Babagul Other Lincoln, NE 402-480-4181 Babagul.Baktash@hotmail.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Feriedoon Ghulamhassan Other Lincoln, NE 402-318-4024 gferiedoon@hotmail.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari Jawaid Kotwal Other Sterling, VA 703-581-2312 jawaid.kotwal@gmail.com
Pashto, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Urdu Mirwais Shinwari Other Omaha, NE 402-218-6656 mshinwari1352@gmail.com
Arabic, Hindi, Persian/Farsi/Dari, Punjabi, Urdu Sajjad Hamandi Registered Washington, DC 717-253-7632 a1polyglot@icloud.com

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