Victoria F. Vásquez

Victoria F. Vásquez was born in Phoenix, Arizona.  In 1983, she received her Bachelors of Science as a Double Major in Psychology and Mexican American Studies with an Honors Minor in Sociology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  She proceeded to obtain higher education degrees including a Juris Doctorate of Law in 1986 and is A.B.D. in Law and Psychology from the University of Arizona.  She has worked as the Assistant Director of the National Center for Interpretation Testing, Research and Policy where she was the Director of Day-to-Day Operations and Research and Statistics.  In the course of her 17 years of employment with the National Center for Interpretation, she helped to create and run the Agnese Haury Institute for Court Interpretation (which has trained over 2,000 international, national, regional, and local interpreters) and the Navajo Interpreter Training and Testing Program (for the 11th Judicial District of New Mexico and the Arizona Supreme Court).  She was also Assistant Director of the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Project for the 20 years that the University of Arizona, under the auspices of the National Center for Interpretation, held the contract with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.  She also had her own private consulting company for nine years and has also served as the Arizona Regional Manager and Assistant Director of Juvenile Delinquency Programs in Texas.  She has submitted amicus curiae briefs to several high courts as part of expert witness teams on language related civil and criminal cases.  She is a published author, which includes being co-author of Fundamentals of Court Interpretation: Theory, Policy and Practice, 1991 and its 2nd Edition published in 2012.  Currently and for the past 11 years, she has worked in the capacity of Director, Interpreting Services for the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County where she manages a department, with a staff of 5 Spanish/English interpreters and over 130 contract interpreters in 83 different languages, that serves 48 court divisions and 11 court departments.  In 2015 Ms. Vasquez achieved Fellows Status with the NCSC Institute for Court Management and received Chief Justice Scott Bales’ (Arizona Supreme Court) Strategic Planning Award for Improving Court Processes to Better Serve the Public by developing and implementing the Office of the Court Interpreter Program Management software.  Most recently, Ms. Vasquez has been nominated for Woman of the Year for Pima County in the Leadership Division.