The American Translators Association (ATA) was founded in 1959 and is now the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the United States with more than 10,000 members in 80 countries.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in translation and interpreting as a profession or as a scholarly pursuit. Members include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language services companies, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.
ATA offers certification examinations for its members in some language combinations, and is affiliated with the International Federation of Translators (FIT). The association is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.
Unlike a trade union, the ATA represents both “labor” and “management” — that is, both the translators who produce written translations and the translation agencies who purchase them. The ATA likewise does not provide benefits, such as collective bargaining or health insurance, to its freelance members.
Video: American Translators Annual Conference