Speaking Engagements

A Word From Our Founder

The targeting of translators and interpreters is not a new phenomenon. In ancient times, some considered us a life form slightly below humans. In the Middle Ages, we were often viewed as shady figures. And today, despite the critical nature of our work, we are persecuted and prosecuted as traitors by state and non-state actors alike. Manifestations of this historic continuum of distrust – what I call the Translator-Traitor Mentality – range from mere suspicion to unjust imprisonment to severe human rights abuses. I saw this firsthand when serving as a forensic linguist on a terrorism trial in which an interpreter was wrongfully convicted of aiding and abetting terrorist activity. Realizing just how vulnerable we are when working in high-risk settings, I knew that a paradigm shift was needed in how we are perceived and treated. But such a shift calls for major awareness-raising and the implementation of linguist-friendly policies and enhanced legal mechanisms. To help bring this about, I established Red T, a non-profit exclusively dedicated to the protection of translators and interpreters worldwide.

As you explore the website and learn about our advocacy, you will get a sense of the urgency of Red T’s mission and how your safety is inextricably linked to our safety. I hope this will inspire you to spread the word: Protect Translators. Protect Interpreters. Protect the World.


Keynote at 65th Anniversary of UNIVERSITAS Austria / ITD
Vienna, Austria

When: October 4, 2019

Where: House of the European Union, Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Vienna

Topic: Red T in Action

New York, NY

When: May 9–10, 2019

Where: Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York

Topic: The United Nations at 75: Listening, Talking and Taking Action in a Multilingual World

Columbia University
New York, NY

When: April 29, 2019

Where: Columbia University, The Heyman Center, 74 Morningside Drive, Common Room

Topic: Interpreting on the Edge: Linguists in Conflict Zones

Columbia University
New York, NY

When: March 12, 2019

Where: Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, Hamilton Hall, Room 707

Topic: Red T Pedagogical Module

Birkbeck, University of London
London, UK

When: February 20, 2019

Where: Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, Cinema Room

Topic: “Lives in Translation” fundraiser

International Translation Day
United Nations, New York

When: September 26, 2018

Where: UN Headquarters, New York, 1B-Neck Corridor

Topic: Interpreters on Mission: Contributing to Peace

House of Lords
London, UK

When: May 21, 2018

Where: House of Lords, UK Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1A 0PW, UK

Topic: A duty of honour: Securing international protection for interpreters in conflict zones

Asetrad Congress
Zaragoza, Spain

When: May 18–20, 2018

Where: World Trade Center Zaragoza, Avda. María Zambrano 31, Zaragoza, Spain

Topic: Red T awarded honorary membership

#ProtectLinguists Roundtable
United Nations, New York

When: April 10, 2018

Where: UN Headquarters, New York, Conference Room 8

Topic: Protect Translators. Protect Interpreters. Protect the World.

GALA 2018
Boston, MA

When: March 13–16, 2018

Where: Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA

European Parliament
Brussels, Belgium

When: January 31, 2018

Where: European Parliament, Room ASP1G3, Brussels

Topic: Words at War

Zurich, Switzerland

When: December 5, 2017

Where: Hotel Atlantis by Giardino, Döltschiweg 234, 8055 Zurich, Switzerland

GOLD Award
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY

When: November 15, 2017

Where: Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), William P. Kelly Skylight Room, Ninth Floor, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Topic: 2017 Graduate Center Alumni Achievement Awards

New York, NY

When: October 12, 2017

Where: Dream Downtown Hotel, 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA

Keynote at ACTTI & University of Antioquia
Medellín, Colombia

When: September 29, 2017

Where: Universidad de Antioquia, Auditorio principal de la SIU, Sede de Investigación Universitaria, Calle No. 52-59, Medellín, Colombia

Topic: Linguists in the crosshairs

ITD Photo Exhibit
United Nations, New York

When: September 28, 2017

Where: UN Headquarters, New York

Topic: Photo homage for International Translation Day

ITD Resolution A/71/L.68
United Nations, New York

When: May 24, 2017

Where: UN Headquarters, New York

Topic: General Assembly adopts International Translation Day

CUNY Panel
Careers in Entrepreneurship
New York, NY

When: April 20, 2017

Where: Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016, Room C197

Topic: A dissertation in action

AITI Conference
Bologna, Italy

When: April 7, 2017

Where: Hotel NH Bologna de la Gare, Piazza XX Settembre, 2, 40121 Bologna, Italy

Topic: Advocating for linguists at risk

New York University
New York, NY

When: April 3, 2017

Where: NYU School of Professional Studies, 7 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003, Third Floor, Room 322

Topic: Linguists at risk: Red T in action

Winterthur, Switzerland

When: March 1, 2017

Where: School of Applied Linguistics, Room SM O1.01, Theaterstrasse 15c, 8401 Winterthur, Switzerland

Topic: Red T: A vision for protecting translators & interpreters

Tenth Cuba-Québec Symposium
Varadero, Cuba

When: December 6–8, 2016

Where: Iberostar Playa Alameda Hotel, Varadero, Cuba

Topic: From Afghanistan to Guantánamo Bay: The perils of translating/interpreting in high-risk settings

Keynote at ProZ.com
Stockholm, Sweden

When: September 3–4, 2016

Where: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Guldgränd 8, Stockholm, Sweden

Topic: A moral imperative: Protecting translators and interpreters at risk

Critical Link 8
Edinburgh, Scotland

When: June 29–July 1, 2016

Where: Heriot Watt University, Edinburg, Scotland, UK

Topic: The solidarity project: Protecting interpreters today for tomorrow

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA

When: April 26, 2016

Where: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Herter 301, 161 Presidents’ Drive, Amherst, MA 01003

Topic: Red T: Protecting translators and interpreters in high-risk settings

Keynote at Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

When: April 1–2, 2016

Where: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia

Topic: Joining forces: The quest for protected-person status for linguists in conflict situations

GALA 2016
New York, NY

When: March 20–23, 2016; exhibits open March 21

Where: New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ

When: February 15, 2016

Where: Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Aaron Burr Hall, Room 216 Corner of Washington Road and Nassau Street (Rt. 27), Princeton, NJ 08544

Topic: Protecting translators and interpreters in high-risk settings

AIIC Regional Event
Athens, Greece

When: November 13, 2015

Where: Goethe Institut, Omirou Str. 14-16, 10033 Athens, Greece; Ομήρου 14-16, 10033 Αθήνα

Topic: Communicating in conflict: Our common cause

IAPTI Conference
Bordeaux, France

When: September 5–6, 2015

Where: Hotel Mercure Chateau Chartrons, 81 Cours Saint-Louis, 33300 Bordeaux, France

Topic: Protecting translators and interpreters worldwide: A first in solidary action

NETA 19th Annual Conference
Natick, MA

When: May 9, 2015

Where: Hampton Inn Executive Conference Center, 319 Speen Street, Natick, MA 01760

Topic: Red T: Protecting translators and interpreters worldwide

FIT XXth World Congress
Berlin, Germany

When: August 4–6, 2014

Where: Freie Universität Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem

Topic: Protecting translators and interpreters in high-risk settings

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

When: April 9, 2014

Where: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Northrop, Crosby Seminar Room

GALA 2013
Miami, FL

When: March 17–20, 2013

Where: Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach Hotel, 4525 Collins Avenue, Key Biscayne Room, Lower Lobby, Ocean Tower

Topic: Protecting translators and interpreters worldwide