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ATA Introduces Six New
Awards at ATA61!
ATA introduced six new awards this year to recognize excellence in the Association and our professions.
The recipients were honored during an all-new awards presentation ceremony following the Annual Meeting
of All Members.

ADVOCACY AWARD
Lorena Ortiz Schneider
Lorena Ortiz Schneider
is the recipient of the
2020 ATA Advocacy
Award, which
recognizes a person or entity that has
demonstrated outstanding advocacy
for the language professions in general,
for the importance of professional
translators and interpreters, and/or for
the greater societal understanding of
the value of professional translators
and interpreters.
Lorena's initiative and legislative
advocacy on behalf of independent
translators and interpreters in response
to California Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5),
a California law that misclassified
all translators and interpreters as
employees, is inspiring. She galvanized
the translator and interpreter
community throughout California
and beyond to raise awareness of the
threats to the industry posed by AB 5
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as it was on its way toward passage by
the California legislature and became
law in early 2020. She is the founder
and lead advocate of the Coalition of
Practicing Interpreters and Translators
of California (CoPTIC), a hub for
coordinating legislative advocacy
activities around AB 5 and subsequent
amendments thereto. Lorena's efforts
on behalf of CoPTIC helped the
organization earn an exemption for
translators and interpreters from AB 5.
Lorena has greatly increased the
visibility and elevated the profile of our
profession in the public consciousness.
Thanks to her efforts, no legislator
or legislative aide in the California
Assembly or Senate is unaware of
CoPTIC or ATA or the important
role translators and interpreters
play in California. Awareness and
understanding are the first steps toward
correcting misperceptions, and for
this, ATA and its members owe a great

debt of gratitude to the movement that
Lorena has spearheaded.
Lorena is an ATA-certified
Spanish>English translator, an
ATA credentialed interpreter, and a
California state-certified administrative
hearing interpreter. She has worked
for the U.S. Department of State as
a liaison and seminar interpreter, as
a conference interpreter for private
industry, and as a community
interpreter in mental health and
workers' compensation settings, at
Social Security hearings, and for the
California Employment Development
Department and the Department of
Motor Vehicles. She is also a licensed
interpreter trainer.
Lorena served two terms as assistant
administrator of ATA's Interpreters
Division and was recently appointed
chair of ATA's Advocacy Committee.
She also served on the board of the
California Workers' Compensation
Interpreters Association effecting
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