Launching Our Know Your Rights Mobile App!
Today, NAKASEC, KRC, and Hana Center launched a Know Your Rights mobile app for Android with the help of volunteers from a high tech company. The app was specifically created for community members who are in crisis or have been approached by police or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with broader communities and multiple language speakers in mind.
The three sections in this app include an explanation of a community member’s rights, our 24-Hour Immigrant Rapid Response Hotline number (English/Korean) and United We Dream’s hotline number (English/Spanish), and a page to show police and ICE if community members are approached or questioned by them. This app operates without Internet and currently supports five different languages (English, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, and Chinese).
“After the election, many undocumented immigrants felt they had to go into hiding due to fear of deportation. Although our staff distribute Know Your Rights materials in public places and invite community members to come to our office to pick up materials, they are afraid to accept them. This gave me the idea to develop the Know Your Rights app, which allows individuals to download it in the privacy of their own home or where they feel safe. Traveling from California to the Southern Border with the Caravan Against Fear showed me that undocumented immigrants in rural areas have little accessibility to resources and support from organizations, such as KRC. This app is designed with them in mind to give them a way to defend themselves,” said Jung Woo Kim, KRC’s Membership Development Manager who spearheaded the project.
The Know Your Rights app is now available for download for Android on Google Play. Stay tuned for a version compatible on iPhone in the App Store. Check out download instructions on http://nakasec.org/rights.