The Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters (MATI), a chapter of the American Translators Association (ATA), is a professional association founded by and for translators and interpreters in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin with the following objectives:
- To promote the recognition and advancement of translation and interpretation as professions.
- To promote high standards of professional ethics and business practices for professionals in the translation and interpretation fields.
- To advocate for the rights and interests of professional translators and interpreters.
- To encourage and support the formation of local groups of translators and interpreters within its geographic area to fulfill similar objectives.
- To support certification, education, training and professional development opportunities for translators and interpreters.
- To provide information to professionals in the translation and interpretation fields to improve their business abilities and assist newcomers to the profession in establishing themselves in the marketplace.
- To cooperate actively with the American Translators Association and other groups who represent these professions.
- To provide an open forum in which translators and interpreters and those in allied fields can network and discuss common objectives and issues of mutual interest.
- To seek to educate the public and influence public policy as it applies to the professions of translation and interpretation.