ATLANTA – Federal agents are seeking to hire Ebonics translators to help interpret wiretapped conversations involving targets of undercover drug investigations.
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently sent memos asking companies that provide translation services to help it find nine translators in the Southeast who are fluent in Ebonics, Special Agent Michael Sanders said Monday.
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Growing up in Detroit, I became fluent in all of the local dialects. In fact, while working in a local hospital, I found myself in the surreal position of having to interpret Ebonics so that a doctor from Nigeria could determine what had happened to the patient.