California Federation of Interpreters

Interpreter Daniel Felix,

loving husband and father of two children, dies in isolation at age 66

Born on January 28, 1954 in Brawley, California. Daniel’s life was cut short after he lost his battle to COVID-19 this past Sunday, January 17, 2021. 

Daniel married his High-School sweetheart, María Elena, and together they raised their daughter, Massiel, and son Daniel. He had a passion for life. He was always smiling, invariably ready to dance, laugh and live life to the fullest. He would never miss a concert on Friday nights at the Music Center, and California Plaza where he would dance the night away with his wife and friends. He was a family man. His wife and children were the main purpose of his life and he was successful in having a strong and joyful family.

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ALL INTERPRETERS: SIGN UP FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO GET YOUR VACCINES

In California there has been an addition of medical interpreters as the list of people who are in the first group to sign up for vaccines. There was a notion that this was only for independent contractors and specifically for those who work only, or mostly as medical interpreters … not employees of the courts. 

The reality is that court interpreters, even as employees of the courts are also included in the medical group. If you look at the back of your certification/registration cards from the Judicial Council, you will see that the bearer of that card is considered a medical interpreter as well. All interpreters registered and certified with the Judicial Council are qualified to sign up for vaccinations in Phase 1A Priority Populations: 

  • Healthcare workers: Persons at high and moderate risk of exposure to SARS CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings. This population includes persons at direct risk of exposure in their non-clinical roles, such as, but not limited to, environmental services, patient transport, or language interpretation.
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In Memoriam

Felix Tobin

 It is with great sadness we inform you that Felix Tobin, Spanish interpreter since 1983, passed away on January 7th, 2021, in the comfort of his sister’s home in Calabasas. He had been suffering a long illness not related to COVID-19.

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In Memoriam Sergio Cafaro

Beloved Downtown LosAngeles Interpreter Succumbs to COVID-19

Sergio Cafaro, age 56, Certified Court Interpreter in the Spanish language, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Los Robles Regional Medical Center from complications related to COVID-19. 

Sergio Cafaro was born December 6, 1964 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 8. He went back to Argentina where he graduated high-school from the Colegio Nacional Martínez in Buenos Aires.  

His love for both cultures led him to open one of the first interpreting schools in Argentina, where he taught his students the craft of interpretation. A true pioneer in the field. 

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Letter to LASC President Judge Taylor

January 19, 2021

Honorable Judge Eric C. Taylor
Presiding Judge's Office, Room 222

111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Judge Taylor:

The California Federation of Interpreters (CFI) in representation of the interpreter employees of Los Angeles Superior Court would like to bring to your attention that on Tuesday, January 12th, one of our interpreter colleagues died after contracting COVID on the job in the courts. He was among a group of approximately seventeen interpreter employees who were exposed because management had denied paid release to quarantine to an interpreter who had self-identified as having been exposed to a COVID-positive individual at work.
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