Trauma, Language, and Social Justice

At the 14th Annual Membership Meeting, we will look at the issues of trauma, language, and social justice through the lens of health care, and healthcare-related, interpreting. As we head into 2020, we leave a tumultuous year in which, as a field, we highlighted the efforts to preserve indigenous languages; pioneered efforts to gain a foothold in educational settings; promoted gender-neutral language; and supported our colleagues in California fighting for worker’s rights.  

This work is not without its challenges and often faces strident opposition. We know that interpreters often work in less than ideal settings, and often interpret very challenging exchanges. As interpreters, we understand the importance of language, and indeed of a single word, especially when the consequences can be life-changing. Encounters such as these can be emotionally triggering, especially on top of events taking place on the national landscape from which none of us are immune.   

As the mission of the NCIHC is one of social justice, we believe in the power of language to transform lives. Join us in Portland, Oregon for the 14th AMM to explore issues related to trauma -- both physical and mental, both past and present; language and, ultimately, how we can promote social justice in our communities.


Become a Member to Attend
Interpreters, translators, language access advocates, hospital administrators, service providers, immigration law makers, interpreter department managers/directors and all involved in language access and immigrant/refugee issues are welcome and encouraged to attend. Since this is truly a membership meeting, and not a conference, all attendees are required to be a part of NCIHC. To become a member please visit:

The meeting will be hosted at Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Ave, Portland, OR 97204
We will be on the 23rd floor -- look at those views!!!

Hospital Tour
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Time TBD
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
More instructions on where to meet with be forthcoming. 

Meet & Greet Welcome Reception
Thursday, April 30, 2020
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Grand Central Bowl
SE 8th and Morrison Street, Portland 

Annual Membership Meeting
Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2
Hilton Portland Downtown





Thursday, April 30 Friday, May 1 Saturday, May 2

8:00am - 5:00pm

8:30am - 12:00pm

Hospital Tour
Time TBD


Welcome Reception
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Interpretini Reception
6:30pm - 9:30pm





Early Bird Registration (ends April 1, 2020) - $150
Regular Registration - $190
*Pacific NorthWest New Member Special: $150 (applies to NEW members only in Oregon or Washington; contact [email protected] if interested) 


Please note, this is our ​annual membership meeting, so there is no non-member registration rate. If you would like to register, please join the NCIHC to be able to take advantage of the benefits, including attendance at this informative event on language access.

Hotel Room Rates:  
The Hilton Portland Downtown is offering a $169 group rate for #2020NCIHC attendees.
For easy online booking, go to the Hilton Portland Downtown website at and enter the three letter code: NCI into the Group / Convention Code box as you make the reservation. You may also call 1-800-HILTONS and speak with a reservations agent to book a room. In order to receive the group rate, reservations must be made by April 10, 2020

Program / Agenda 

Exhibitors / Sponsors
Contact Kevin Cunningham: [email protected]

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least two weeks (14 days) advance notice. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. To request an accommodation, please email:  [email protected].