MAMI Featured on WSTM NBC3 in Syracuse

MAMI was recently featured in a news story about the growing refugee population and the increased need for interpreters in Syracuse, NY. Please click on the link below to access the report and the video.

We’d like to thank WSTM NBC3 and reporter Laura Hand for their fine work.

MAMI Completes Strategic Plan

Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated staff, the commitment of its board and funding from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida County, The Allyn Foundation, The Gifford Foundation and the Gorman Foundation, MAMI of CNY has completed its work on developing a strategic plan which addresses programs, operations and marketing, announced Executive Director Cornelia E. Brown, Ph.D.

New staff has been hired to assist MAMI with several initiaves, said Brown. “We have hired a new Training Manager and Translation Coordinator. The Training Manager will be coordinating professional development courses for our interpreters; the Translation Coordinator will be able to ensure quality in our translations and provide improved turn-around in translation services.”

MAMI will also be hiring a new Business Development Manager who will reach out to our community partners in Syracuse, Albany and Utica and inform them of our services, added Brown.

As far as programs are concerned, MAMI has implemented a 16-hour Preliminary Training for New Interpreters, called Just in Time. It prepares interpreter candidates start to go out in the field and to take the extended 80-hour Medical Interpreter Training Course. In addition, MAMI is offering special Cultural Competency trainings to providers and businesses and we’ve begun remote telephonic interpreting.

With our improved infrastructure, MAMI has strengthened its organization internally — from accounting to operations. MAMI has also written a new policy on Health Compliance Documentation for both staff and interpreter contractors. “This new policy protects our staff and interpreters when they go to interpret at health care facilities,” said Brown.

“There are several other internal initiatives that we will announce in the future. We are so thankful to our funders who have made all this possible.”

Journey for Justice March

Local Rabbi and MAMI Interpreters’ Executive Director Take Part in the NAACP “Journey for Justice” March from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC

On Sunday, August 23, Rabbi Cassi Kail of Temple Emanu-El in Utica and MAMI Interpreters’ Executive Director Dr. Cornelia E. Brown of New Hartford will participate in the NAACP-sponsored America’s Journey for Justice, marching in 20-mile segments starting somewhere near Augusta, Georgia towards the South Carolina state line. They will gather with friends and supporters who are already in the march. The rabbi will carry the sacred Jewish Torah scroll during the march, sharing the responsibility with colleagues and other supporters. On Saturday evening they gather at a nearby college for a meal and teaching session, hearing thoughts of the day’s experience as well as discussing issues of justice for all. On Sunday morning they begin their day’s journey at 6:30 a.m.

“We are going in solidarity with our brothers and sisters,” said Rabbi Kail. “It’s incredibly important to be taking this walk because it plays into so many aspects of life. For me, as a member of the clergy, it’s a way of marching forward toward equality – toward the day when more people will be judged by their character rather than by the color of their skin.”

Dr. Brown added,  “As advocates for our refugees and immigrants, MAMI Interpreters often finds itself defending the rights of access to services. We understand the struggle and want to support these rights to access, justice and equality for all.”

The NAACP Journey for Justice began on August 1 and continues to September 16, a historic 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington, D.C. Dr. Brown and Rabbi Kail are part of mobilizing activists, advancing a focused national advocacy agenda that protects the right of every American to a fair criminal justice system, uncorrupted and unfettered access to the ballot box, sustainable jobs with a living wage, and equitable public education. Follow the journey on social media using #JusticeSummer.