Joelle Haspil

Joelle Haspil - Active Member of the Court Interpreting Field

A graduate of Southern Illinois University and Barry University, veteran court interpreter and mediator Joelle Haspil joined the judicial system in 1982, when she accepted a position as the official court interpreter for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. There, Joelle Haspil provided Haitian, French, and Spanish interpreting services for criminal and civil cases while establishing a set of in-house standards for court interpreters.

In 1988, Joelle Haspil joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a language specialist in the bureau’s Miami field office, a role in which she translated documents and assisted in undercover operations. Over the next two-plus decades, Ms. Haspil went on to hold interpreter positions with multiple government organizations, including the National Center for State Courts in Virginia and the Miami-Dade County Court Mediation Unit in Florida. Since 2013, she has served as an interpreter with the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida and the Florida state court system.

In addition to her work as a court interpreter and mediator, Joelle Haspil is the author of Haitian Creole/English Lexicon, a published guide for court interpreters working with the two languages. Active in her field, she holds membership in the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators and sits on the advisory committees of multiple court interpreter groups.