(DANBURY, CT USA –21 December) Global translation charity, Translators without Borders (TWB) today announced the launch of its annual Translators without Borders Access to Knowledge Awards. The awards, honoring six individuals or organizations who exemplify the mission to translate for humanity, are chosen and given by the non-profit’s board of directors.

“I wish we could recognize by name every single person who has contributed to Translators without Borders this year –there are so very many people who make it work,” said Rebecca Petras, program director. “And the real winners are the people who can better understand vital information because of the hard work of ALL our volunteers and support from ALL our donors. Thank you very much to everyone!”

The Excellence Award Awarded to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call-of-duty in helping Translators without Borders meet its mission.

Awarded to Henry Dotterer

Honorable Mentions:

  • • Anne-Marie Colliander-Lind
  • • Rocio Haskell
  • • Marla Schulman

The Right to Knowledge Award Awarded to an individual (or company contributor) who has made a difference through his or her ongoing commitment to translation of humanitarian information.

Awarded to Ildikó Santana

Honorable Mentions:

  • • The Content Rules Editors
  • • Marcia Miner
  • • Ashutosh Mitra

The Empowerment Award Awarded to an individual whose work has allowed us to significantly move the barometer in increasing language capacity within a critical region of the world.

Awarded to Dr. Iribe Mwangi

Honorable Mention:

  • • Common Sense Advisory

The Humanitarian Communicator Award Awarded to a non-profit who understands the critical link between language/translation and access to critical knowledge.

Awarded to Médecins Sans Frontières (all regions)

Honorable mentions:

  • • The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust / Nand Wadhwani
  • • Wikimedia Foundation/James Heilman
  • • Zafèn / Griselda Garibay

The Donor Award Awarded to the individual or company or foundation/trust that has made a significant financial contribution to aid TWB in meeting its mission.

Awarded to Lionbridge

Honorable Mentions:

  • • eLanex
  • • Rubric
  • • Text Partner

The Communicator of the Year Awarded to the person who has creatively used marketing and public relations to build awareness of the organization and the need to provide content in the right language.

Awarded to Marina Sayfulina

Honorable Mentions:

  • • Dominic Spurling
  • • Chily Vico-Gimena
  • • Markus Meisl

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