Interpreter Directory

Statewide Register of Interpreters

Court Staff, Probation Staff and Court-Ordered Mediation

Court and Probation staff are to email all interpreter requests to with the county name in the subject line.  The only exception to this is for Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy counties.  They may continue to email their on-site Operations Team member directly:


The Language Access Program does not pay interpreters used to facilitate communication between an attorney and client outside of a hearing.  Interpreters can assist with brief ex parte conversations if time allows.  As a rule, attorneys should contract interpreters when they need to meet with their clients to discuss their case, court processes, and strategy.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters below to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability.  

“To address these needs, the Nebraska Legislature, under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 and LB1014, set aside $500,000 in federal funds for Fiscal Years 2022-23 and 2023-24 to reimburse expenses incurred in the provision of qualified, licensed sign language interpreters (whether on-site or remote) throughout the state (including Lincoln and Omaha) to provide effective communication access services between attorneys and deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing individuals outside of the courtroom.”  Click here for more information or contact the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.       

Mental Health Board Hearings, Non-Court Ordered Mediation and State agencies

The Language Access Program does not pay for the interpreter in these instances.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters below to reach out to the interpreters for their current rates and availability.  

Workers Compensation Court

The Language Access Program will pay for the interpreter, but it is the employer’s obligation to schedule the interpreter.  Use the Statewide Register of Interpreters below to find and secure an interpreter.  Interpreter fees and expenses are fixed and ordered paid in accordance with the Court Interpreter Fee schedule established by the Supreme Court.  Please note that payment may be denied if the Fee Schedule is not adhered to.

Language Name Typesort descending City Phone Email
CART Mydge Heaney Omaha, NE 402-889-2950
Sinhalese Vishaka Smith Shoreline, WA 206-790-9306
Arabic Sawasan Abugosseia Certified Prospect, KY 502-553-1521
Spanish Jeck Navarrete Certified Omaha, NE 402-221-7896
Spanish Dale Taylor Certified Detroit, MI 402-841-0887
Somali Abdi Elmi Certified Minneapolis, MN 612-423-1022
Spanish Sylvia Gaylord Murray Certified Golden, CO 617-947-6218
Arabic Gila Khabbaza Certified Odenton, MD 917-837-6902
Hmong Tou Houa Lee Certified Oakdale, MN 651-442-7014
Sudanese Arabic, Juba Arabic Sawsan Abugosseia Certified Prospect, KY 502-553-1521
Spanish Perla Alarcon-Flory Certified Bentonville, AR 712-898-5263
Spanish Adriana Morales Certified Denver, CO 214-695-3088
American Sign Language Sharon Sinkler Certified Lincoln, NE 402-525-2340
Hmong Tou Ja-Vue Yang Certified St. Paul, MN 651-253-3350
Vietnamese Lana Nguyen Certified Prior Lake, MN 612-501-8072
American Sign Language Margaret Propp Certified Lincoln, NE 402-314-3182
Hatian Creole Nadege Cherubin Certified Fort Lauderdale, FL 404-861-8188
Certified Deaf Interpreter Shawn Shannon Certified Omaha, NE 402-999-6440 TEXT ONLY
Spanish Laura Garcia-Hein Certified Bennington, NE 402-661-7307
Spanish Maria Izabel Chavez Certified Dallas, TX 402-992-2911
Spanish Edie Cruise Certified Germany, 402-218-2187
Spanish Norma Olivas Certified Brighton, CO 303-257-7385
Spanish Raul Escobar Certified Seward, NE 402-890-9561
Spanish Shelly Hodges Certified Beatrice, NE 712-204-4815
Vietnamese Lauren Tran Certified Aravada, CO 720-360-9747