Member since Jun '20

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Spanish to English
English (monolingual)

Shannon Kirby
Journalism, Law, Academia | 13 years

United States
Local time: 18:56 EST (GMT-5)

Native in: English Native in English
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Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Editing/proofreading, Interpreting, Copywriting, Training
Specializes in:
JournalismSocial Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
Government / PoliticsEducation / Pedagogy
Law (general)International Org/Dev/Coop
Certificates, Diplomas, Licenses, CVsGeneral / Conversation / Greetings / Letters

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Portfolio Sample translations submitted: 3
Translation education Bachelor's degree - Mount Holyoke College
Experience Years of experience: 13. Registered at May 2015. Became a member: Jun 2020. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials English (Camb CELTA)
Memberships N/A
Software MateCat, memoQ, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Microsoft Publisher, Slack, WordPress, Powerpoint, Smartcat
CV/Resume CV available upon request
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ShannonLK TM-Town Profile

I am currently available to take on new clients.

With over 13 years of
translation experience in various fields, I imbue my work with care and
precision, engaging with clients in an open, collaborative manner to ensure
both high quality and timely results. I have worked with research and
journalism foundations, universities, governments, nonprofit organizations,
international organizations and multinational retail and energy companies, among other
entities, and I have worked with individuals in academia on anything from graduate level research papers, to speeches and Fulbright applications.

Through my seven years of
in-house experience in the US, I had the unique experience of working with government
agencies and nonprofit organizations tasked with bridging the gap between the
technical language of education law and the needs of parents and advocates of
children with special needs to access the information necessary to exercise their
rights and meet their responsibilities, often a debilitatingly cumbersome task
if one is not an expert in the field. During my time in this position, I helped
thousands of people to ensure the well-being and educational benefit of children
with special needs, one of the most valuable experiences of my career.

In 2014 I moved to South America and lived and traveled there for five years, working on one-year and shorter-term projects. A recent client from my time in Colombia was InSight Crime, where I worked as a full-time translator. 

I currently work from the United States, translating for Global Press Journal and providing copy editing services to Íkala, a scholarly journal at Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia.

Volunteering is extremely important to me, and I regularly set aside the time to do it. I recently wrapped up a long-term project with the United Nations Development Programme as a volunteer coordinator, editor and translator. I currently volunteer on an as-needed basis with Prison Insider, Kiva, Translators Without Borders, ImmDef and Al Otro Lado.

Links to my credited work:

With Global Press Journal:

With InSight Crime:

With Universidad de Antioquia:

With nonprofit research organization Prison Insider:

A prose poem written by a person deprived of his liberty in Colombia:

Part of an ongoing series of creative writing pieces by people deprived of their liberty worldwide:

With the UN Environment Programme:

Experience by field/topic/document type:


Investigative journalism, research, analysis, think tanks; subjects include, but are not limited to, Latin American politics, U.S. politics, gang activity, military/warfare (esp. irregular, insurgent, paramilitary), organized crime, corruption, immigration

Social Sciences

Scholarly articles and
abstracts for peer-reviewed journals, magazine articles, reports,
presentations, videos, blog entries; subjects include, but are not limited to,
medical sociology, individuals with disabilities, development (sustainable,
environmental, urban and rural), sustainable tourism, volunteer tourism,
cultural competence, cultural anthropology, crime, interpersonal violence,
education, linguistics, infrastructure, agriculture, politics, civil society,
transparency (business, media, government, online)


Scholarly articles and
abstracts for peer-reviewed journals, student educational/psychological
evaluation reports, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), public
awareness/educational materials and publications, newsletters,
training/presentation content and materials


Hearing decision
interpretation/summary, forms and applications, procedural safeguards, hearing
procedures, mediation procedures, organization publications, informational videos
and recordings, website content, professional dispute resolution procedures and
best practices


Investigation reports,
investigation interviews, policies and procedures, publications, meeting


Press releases, magazine
articles, business/loan proposals, term sheets, underwriting reports, insurance
bids, compliance reports and presentations, website content, formal business
correspondence, video and presentation scripts, microloan borrower profiles

Arts/Culture/Travel &

Museum publications, online
articles for travel companies, artist biographies, website content

NGOs and Nonprofit Organizations

Event materials, international
certification materials for businesses and organizations, manuals and
procedures, project reports, workplans


Scholarly articles for
peer-reviewed journals on the following subjects: image processing, iridology,
expert systems, sports medicine, soil contamination, supply networks,
prosthesis, virtual simulators, medical training, dynamic visual acuity, Raman
scattering, vaccine transport, doped semiconductor films, Kohonen maps,
multivariate analysis, nonlinear regression, agriculture, numerical analysis,
soil infiltration, strain localization, system dynamics, logistics, tribology,
cubic measurement, planes, dimensional analysis, construction engineering,
interpolation, real functions

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Jan 7

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