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Washington Chapter

Welcome to the Washington Chapter of the IMIA. The IMIA's goal is for all IMIA Chapters to flourish to meet all the needs of the members of each region. While the IMIA is international it believes in the 'Think Global, Act Local' motto. We will have periodic conference calls to allow members in this region to network and find ways to advance the profession together in the region. Please email your representative with ideas, issues, and topics that you think should be discussed. The IMIA believes that organizing an IMIA Symposium each year in each state should be a key goal of the Chapter. If you are willing to volunteer to assist, please let your representative know.
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Washington DSHS - State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Code of Ethics:

Chapter 388-03 WAC Rules And Regulations For The Certification Of DSHS Spoken Language Interpreters And Translators:

Procurement of Interpreter Services - 2013 Report

American Medical Student Association Advocacy Work

Guide to Hiring Independent Contractors in Washington State

*Many WA interpreters are asking about requirements for background checks when working through HCA's broker-agency system or at DSHS appointments in general. *Our Interpreters United, Local 1671 union contract says, *"Annually, the interpreter will obtain one criminal history background check and keep it on file with one broker." * Visit the WA State Patrol's criminal history request website at: 
to request a background check for yourself (currently $10) and then provide a copy to one of HCA's brokers.

The IMIA is pleased to announce that Barry Fatland is the IMIA State Chapter Chair for Washington State.  To contact him please email

Barry Fatland, IMIA Washington Representative Barry Fatland has worked in defense of immigrants since 1968, and has been interpreting since 1973.  He has a BA in Spanish from the University of Washington, and taught in the public schools in Seattle, WA, and Houston, TX.  He was the executive secretary of the USLA Justice Committee in New York City from 1978 to 1981 and edited the organization’s quarterly magazine, the USLA Reporter.  He is the Washington State representative of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) and has been involved for more than four years in the successful unionization of medical interpreters in Washington State, Interpreters United/Washington Federation of State Employees, Local 1671. He is currently Manager of Interpreter Training and Trainer for the Bridging the Gap course offered internationally by the Cross Cultural Health Care Program.  Barry just returned from two weeks in Bangkok, Thailand, where he trained 12 staff interpreters of the Bangkok Hospital’s nearly 150 staff interpreters as well as 3 new trainers to train the remaining staff. He has travelled extensively throughout the Americas, is a Washington State DSHS-certified medical interpreter Spanish<>English and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese

The IMIA is pleased to announce that Juan F. Gutiérrez is the IMIA State Chapter Vice Chair for Washington.  Contact

WA State Chapter Vice ChairJuan F. Gutiérrez has a medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, a master’s degree in occupational safety and health administration from the Universidad Del Rosario also in Bogotá, and a master’s in public health from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Juan is the coordinator of TJ Samson Hospital’s Language Access Plan, curriculum developer and faculty for Western Kentucky University’s Certificate Program in Cross Cultural Communication in Health Care. He is a Medical Interpreter and Bridging the Gap trainer through the South Central Kentucky AHEC. Juan serves as the International Medical Interpreter’s Association (IMIA) state representative for Kentucky. He also sits on the Kentucky Hospital Association Committee for Effective Communication in Hospitals, the board of the South Eastern Medical Interpreter’s Association (SEMIA) and the advisory committee of the Kentucky Governor’s Minority Empowerment Summit.

Additional Documents

>Letter of Recognition of National Certification from the Department of Health and Human Services 11/29/09

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