The Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association (CHICATA) was established in 1987 as an independent professional association of individual translators and interpreters with the following goals:
- To promote the recognition of translation and interpretation as professions
- To protect the rights and interests of professional translators and interpreters
- To improve the standards and professional ethics, practices, and competence among translators and interpreters
- To provide an open forum for translators and interpreters for the regular exchange of ideas and experiences
Since then, CHICATA has grown tremendously, not only in number of members but also in its goals, services and importance.
CHICATA was established by and for translators and interpreters. Thus, according to the By-Laws of the Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association, independent freelance and in-house translators and interpreters are eligible for membership. Owners, managers and representatives of translation agencies and/or bureaus are not eligible for membership, but they may view the onlline directory. CHICATA does not act in any way as an employment agency. CHICATA is governed by an Executive Committee.
Members enjoy the many benefits that CHICATA offers: regular meetings, networking, a membership directory, workshops and both an annual Conference and Institute. In addition, members are eligible for discounted rates on CHICATA Conferences and Institutes. The annual membership fee is currently set at $40. Please visit the Eligibility and Benefits page for further information about membership.
The CHICATA Searchable Online Directory lists details about each member’s services (i.e., languages, simultaneous/consecutive interpretation, translation, narration, voice-overs, language instruction, etc.), education, specializations, professional affiliations, computer equipment, and other relevant data.
We thank you for your interest in CHICATA!
The Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association (CHICATA) was established in 1987 as an independent professional association of individual translators and interpreters.