Youth-led immigrant network United We Dream announced an updated version of its "first-of-its-kind" app that connects immigrants to on-demand emergency resources to use when faced with possible deportation by immigration enforcement.
The advocacy group launched the Notifica app in 2017 amid concern over the former Trump administration's strict immigration policies and mass deportation raids, Mashable reported. At the time, United We Dream's director of membership, Adrian Reyna, called the new technology a "panic button" for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests.
The app allows users to create "Preparedness Plans" in case they're detained by immigration officials. The user presses the emergency Notifica button, which notifies a user-uploaded emergency contact in the user's "Deportation Defense Network" and shares their last known location. The contact can then access legal information and other resources provided by United We Dream about arrests and deportations. The app clears all user data for the individual's protection. Read more...More about Immigration, United We Dream, Social Good, and Activism