Who We Are

ATA was established to advance the translation and interpreting professions and foster the professional development of its members. Members include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

Mission Statement

ATA’s mission is to promote the recognition of professional translators and interpreters, to facilitate communication among its members, to establish standards of competence and ethics, to provide its members with professional development opportunities, and to advocate on behalf of the profession.

How ATA Works

The American Translators Association is a not-for-profit membership organization governed by its Bylaws, which define the scope and nature of its activities, and an elected Board of Directors, which conducts the business of the group. ATA is incorporated as a 501(c)(6) association in the State of New York.

Board of Directors

The elected Board of Directors is responsible for managing the Association and guiding its development. ATA's Board members are unsalaried and receive no compensation for their services.


As a volunteer-driven organization, member participation at the committee level is the strength behind many of ATA’s programs, activities, and events. Committees provide the opportunity for members to get involved, give back, and broaden their professional network.

Ethics, Policies, and Procedures

ATA’s ethics, policies, and procedures ensure that its governance is ethical, transparent, and in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States of America.

What our members think about ATA

ATA is a huge source of information for me. I feel much better informed about the state of the industry, about technology, about standards, about educational opportunities, about the marketplace, about ethics in the marketplace because of my ATA membership.

- Jennifer G.

The growth I've seen in my career is only part of what ATA means to me. ATA means a home for professionals who are like me as well as those who are different.

- Madalena S.

ATA is my professional bridge. It connects me to colleagues, keeps me informed about the T&I industry, and allows me to play an active role in the future of our profession.

- Matt B.

It's easy to find other people who do what you do, but it's not always easy to find serious professionals. ATA is really the home for that.

- Corinne M.

I owe ATA an enormous debt of gratitude for helping me find my way as to what is possible for a translator, what kind of skills I need, and how to connect with clients. More than anything else, ATA brought out new skills in me that I hadn't really thought of before.

- David R.

One of the reasons I've stayed a member of ATA was that the listing in the Directory more than paid for itself every year, and paid for itself many times over in the case of clients who formed lasting relationships with me.

- Jamie K.

Honors and Awards Program

ATA presents annual and biennial awards to encourage, reward, and publicize outstanding work done by both seasoned professionals and students of our craft.

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