Published On: Tue, Jul 31st, 2012

Certified Mayan Translators Now Part of Yucatan Judicial System

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A total of twenty Mayan language speakers were certified as interpreters of this indigenous language to Spanish and vice versa, specifically for proxy and administration of justice, of which Yucatan counts with fifty five translators certified at a national level.

The event was headed by Abigail Uc Canche, a director at the Institute for the Development of the Maya Culture (Indemaya) who stressed the interpreter’s role will be crucial for the new accusatory justice system, of who will guarantee the full understanding in all points of the process.

The 20 students completed 480 hours of graduate training for the formation of translator offered by the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indigenas (Inali) and the Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan (Uady).

“The part that most hurts us, is social justice and it is precisely in this aspect where we require the need of these translators to keep the respect of law.” Stated Uc Canche during the event.

According to existent data, the capacitors attend on average 180 cases every three months, a significant figure that reflects the need for more qualified individuals, Uc Canche continued.

Since the creation of this training, the goal has been to train 100 interpreters who offer legal services.

An increase of interest has occurred in the neighboring states of Campeche and Quintana Roo to begin similar programs, since Yucatan began.

“The first certified translators was nineteen, in 2011 there were sixteen and now twenty, the interesting point is that participation has not been fully locally, but has included students from Campeche and Quintana Roo along with students from 16 municipalities of Yucatan.

“Even with the success of this effort, there is still a debt to our people, and we are working to support them not only in the legal field but also in education and health, right now we are focusing on preparing individuals who will work in public hospitals, this is our next step.” Explained Uc Canche at the closing of the ceremony.

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