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
Spanish Irma Watt Certified Grand Island, NE 402-459-0058 IrmaWatt@gmail.com
Spanish Barbara Yuruvich Arias Certified Lakewood, CO 970-361-0595 besp26@yahoo.com
Spanish Abigail Acosta Registered Goodland, KS 402-649-7047 abigailacosta87@gmail.com
Spanish Marcela Chudomelka Registered Ralston, NE 402-905-8630 supergataloka@hotmail.com
Spanish Zaida Falcon Registered Omaha, NE 402-690-1379 falconzaida27@gmail.com
Spanish Lissette Gilster Registered Lincoln, NE 402-326-3956 jmzlissette@yahoo.com
Spanish Ben Hammar Registered Lincoln, NE 402-975-0235 bph236@nyu.edu
Spanish Tara Jackson-Sanchez Registered Omaha, NE 402-321-9228 tarasanchez@me.com
Spanish Juan Perez Registered Lincoln, NE 402-540-4738 perezjuan743@gmail.com
Spanish Guadalupe McIntosh Registered San Antonio, TX 402-681-1064 Lupemac@att.net
Spanish Marilyn Morales-Toppi Registered Papillion, NE 402-660-1014 MsMMMorales@gmail.com
Spanish Carmen Novoa Registered Omaha, NE 402-203-5833 clnovoa826@gmail.com
Spanish Maria Reutlinger Registered Lexington, NE 308-325-6195 mmaravilla7@hotmail.com
Spanish Erick Saavedra Registered Lincoln, NE 402-730-7854 eesainterpreting@windstream.net
Samoan Tiva Aga Other Fife, WA 253-993-8697 teineoleaeto@gmail.com
Sudanese Arabic, Juba Arabic Sawsan Abugosseia Certified Prospect, KY 502-553-1521 sabugosseisa@gmail.com
Fur (Dar Fur), Juba Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, Nuba Moro Estella Abuelsheikh Other Grand Island, NE 308-379-8823 Estella_Abuelsheikh@yahoo.com
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Elizabeth Ajongo Other Omaha, NE 402-301-0904 ebajongo@gmail.com
Dinka, Juba Arabic, Nuer, Sudanese Arabic Joseph Jok Other San Diego, CA 619-850-6242 joseph_jok@yahoo.com
Dinka, Sudanese Arabic Dhalbeng Malual Other Bellevue, NE 402-315-8549 dhalbeng@me.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
Swahili Godlove Lekule Other Lincoln, NE 402-580-7303 melcoy2@yahoo.com
Kisii, Mai Mai, Somali, Swahili Abukar Madimba Other Omaha, NE 402-917-2078 Madimbaa@yahoo.com
French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili Jacques Mucapa Other Lincoln, NE 402-805-3674 m_jacques2001@yahoo.fr

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