Catalina organized a delightful celebration at Schaefer’s Canal House to toast to my new medical certification. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I had a great time and I was so happy to see Catalina, Betsy, Carlota, Richard, and Alina. Maria picked the place which was absolutely stunning; I couldn’t resist taking this picture as I entered. Sharing this meal with all of you today gave me joy and encouragement.
Tuesday, February 12, 2011
Shooting in our Courthouse
Early yesterday morning a man opened fire in the lobby of the New Castle Court Courthouse (5th and N. King Streets, Wilmington, Delaware) and the courthouse was closed immediately.
No Spanish interpreters were in the building at the time. The building is closed until further notice.
The shooter, identified as Thomas Matusiewicz, opened fire and killed his son's ex wife, Christine Belford, and her friend, Laura Elizabeth Mulford.
A shootout erupted beween Matusiewicz and Capitol Police.Two officers were shot during the confrontation and they are at Christiana Hospital being treated. They were hit in their bullet-proof vests. Their injuries are not life threatening.
Thomas Matusiewicz is dead. Authorities now confirm he killed himself with a shot to the head.
All of this happened shortly after 8:00 am in the lobby of the courthouse, a large area between the main entrance doors and the metal detectors where Capitol Police is stationed.
The shooter's son, David Matusiewicz, and his ex wife were expected in the building to deal with a custody issue over their 3 children. David Matusiewicz had gone through security while his father Thomas Matusiewicz stayed in the lobby. At about 8:15, Christine Belford and her friend entered the lobby and Thomas Matusiewicz opened fire killing both women. Capitol Police immediately responded.
The shooter's son, David Matusiewicz, was inside the building while all of this was happening. He is in custody and will be facing charges in Federal Court for Violation of Probation.
Swat teams yesterday checked the entire building floor by floor, room by room to make sure everything was OK. Counselors were brought in to help employees and other civilians that were in the building at the time.
My prayers and wishes go out to all of you. Be safe. J
"Interpreting is interpreting"...
Is it really
all the same?
As an interpreter I provided services in many places and had the opportunity to work and chat with dozens of spoken-language professionals. Some loved court interpreting's criminal matters, others preferred working with medical material or in hospitals, and some would never change conference interpreting for any other type of interpreting no matter how daring or prestigious. My first interpreting work was in the medical field. I loved it. I had grown up reading about diseases, studying anatomy, and watching Quincy; I loved everything from physiology to forensics... in any language. One day in court, a colleague was preparing for a lecture on medical interpreting. "Why? I asked. You're a court interpreter and don't even like medical work." "Interpreting is interpreting," the court interpreter responded. I was quiet, thinking: Hmm...The code of ethics extends to all types of interpreters. Canons such as confidentiality and accuracy must be upheld, as well as professional demeanor. “I guess you’re right,” I responded.
Now that I have somewhat more experience i think that i would respond differently to that comment. Obviously, there are differences in terminology and procedure, but the spirit of the interpretation is not exactly the same in the medical and court interpreting fields. The difference is ]much more than Medical interpreters allowing themselves to act as cultural brokers or convey a need for clarification if they perceive the message isn't understood; misunderstandings in the medical field could affect a patients' health and well-being. When interpreting in court, it is the LEP's duty to request a lower register if he or she does not understand. The LEP, in court, must be diligent, aware, and ensure his or her own understanding. I was aware of these similarities and distinctions but hadn't really questioned if they were merely distinctions in the practice of the professions, while the essence of the remained one, the same. The mind set in court and medical interpreting are not the same and the interpreter must prepare before a session to ensure he or she does not violate the code of ethics of each profession. Working and training strictly in one field and expecting to organically merge or expand into another with minimal training would be unwise. Observation and shadowing are helpful in understanding the role of the interpreter in each field of work, as well as learning to recognize stress and secondary trauma sometimes suffered by interpreters involved in cases of abuse and violence.
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