Native Language Resource Locator for Asylum Seekers
Asylum seekers from around the globe often arrive in the U.S. with only the clothes on their backs and, increasingly, a cell phone. Students on the Human Rights First Project will develop a mobile friendly, multilingual website that will provide basic legal information and contacts for support services in a wide range of languages.
Asylum seekers from around the globe often arrive in the United States with only the clothes on their backs and, increasingly, a cell phone. Having fled persecution, violence, and trauma in their home countries — only to arrive in a country where they know no one and do not speak the language — identifying and accessing legal and social service resources can be overwhelming. The problem is compounded because local service providers often lack the capacity to market their services on a broad scale or in more than a couple of languages.
This project team will deliver a multi-language (English, Spanish, Arabic, etc.), mobile friendly website presenting information regarding nearby legal and other support resources to asylum seekers. The objective is national coverage; initial work will concentrate on communities where Human Rights First staff are located or frequently operate: New York, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Diego.