Paras and Associates

Emeryville, Calif.
(510) 658-3793
parasandassociates.net

Company address: 6400 Hollis Street, Suite 9, Emeryville, CA 94608
Contact name:  Melinda Paras
Contact email address:  mparas@parasandassociates.net
Contact telephone number: (510) 658-3793

Paras and Associates provides technology systems for video remote interpreting and access to qualified interpreters in both healthcare and court systems.  PAA technologies operate on a Cisco backend and allow courts to deploy high-quality video devices to access their own interpreters remotely and/or access other qualified interpreters. PAA technologies allow for simultaneous video interpreting and private attorney/client conferencing during court sessions. PAA technologies were successfully piloted by the California court system in 2018, connecting three different county court systems and routing interpretation sessions between them and within each county.

States serviced by Paras and Associates:

Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, New Mexico, California, Michigan.

Products and services provided by PAA:

Hosted video services connecting video devices and option of call center video interpreter services. Sale of Cisco video products. Connection to interpreters in languages of lesser diffusion and commonly requested languages depending on volume of requests.

Products and services provided by PAA specifically geared toward sign language interpreting:

Access to nationally certified ASL interpreters 24/7. 

Equipment requirements to receive VRI services:

High-speed internet at each point of video deployment. Local IT support for the setup and oversight of each video connection. Cisco video devices appropriate to courtroom setting.

Equipment requirements to receive sign language VRI services:

High-speed internet at each point of video deployment. Local IT support for the setup and oversight of each video connection. Cisco video devices appropriate to courtroom setting.

Existing contracts with court systems:

Judicial Council of California