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Undocumented immigrant getting arrested? There’s (almost) an app for that [video]

A few months ago during a conversation with a cab driver about technology I learned that I could ‘call’ a cab via a smartphone app. These days “there’s an app for that” is a phrase that has become part of our technologically-savvy society’s lexicon. Convenience literally in the palm of our hands.  I can leave voice messages for my dear friend in Sweden at no cost, I can bank, I can even point my phone at the radio and get the name of a song I’m listening to without having to call the station as I did in the ‘olden’ days.

But apps aren’t just about convenience. They can also help in emergency situations. Such is a new app that will help undocumented immigrants notify friends and family of their exact location, if they’re pulled over and arrested is currently in development in no stranger a place that in the state now infamous for their immigration laws, Arizona.

Per their website, eAPP (its current name), “is an iOS and Android smartphone app that allows users to automatically notify family, friends, attorneys, doctors or other public safety agencies when a crisis situation or event has occurred, thus protecting lives, safety and civil rights.”

The app will include…

  • Simple user interface
  • Detail setup procedure ensures proper use
  • Collects audio and video of the condition of personal property such as automobiles, trucks and homes
  • Customizable “hands-free” operation
  • Provides cloud data storage option
  • One-touch launches app and sends alerts
  • Sends GIS location, time and date
  • Option to record real-time audio & video
  • Contact family, friends, attorney or 9-1-1 automatically
  • Provides secure storage and access to user data

The developers are funding the project using crowd-funding and are asking actual and potential users to support the project.

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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. I haven’t read this article but my spidy senses tell me this is more of a locator…I so wouldn’t get this if I was undocumented or not…

  2. This is great, let’s help people break the law. Why not?

  3. Should probably read the article so you’re at least fully informed before making any judgments.

  4. Don’t care to have one.

  5. It does work loike a locator, but if anyone has ever had the expereince of a friend in trouble -it usually takes anywhere between 2-3 days to locate a person whom is being detained by authorities. The famous “I have a right to a phone call” only exists in tv. Yeah, u have the rt but only when the authorities feel like giving and honoring that right, meanwhile time is of the essence to get a lawyer for the person to make bail or whatever and the quicker the person gets located the easier the process becomes…;)

  6. Ah, maybe created by some bleeding heart ambulance chasing lawyers from the ACLU. I love how the Left changes the language “Undocumented immigrant” sounds so harmless, like a lost puppy dog or something and don’t you just love it how Latinos live up to the stereotype that it’s OK to break the laws – because, you know…it’s just the white man’s gringo law. No wonder they all want Obama to win and give me those entitlements thank you very much.

  7. thats not true monica
    u have to be processed
    that takes time
    and if theyre busy , longer
    sometimes u have to wait at least monday for a bail hearing

  8. and of ur in jail
    u wont have ur property on u

  9. I like the idea. Maybe have a documented friend hold the info and 911 text them if something happens. Better to have all based covered. Arizona is so scary. I’m from there. It’s not the same carefree place I grew up. People get pulled over and a shakedown for no reason.

  10. my husband was just detained by immigration and i think anything would help because the athoritys do not offer any information as a matter of a fact they lie more than they do anything,they dont offer any info to help,its a learning exsperience,believe me

  11. The fact that there is even a need for something like this is very telling, and very tragic. The way we treat the poor, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised in this country is disgusting. But as long as there continues to be a significant number of Latinos who consider themselves “Americans first,” and who continue to bemoan the mythical conservative crisis of “hoards of illegals and criminals invading and taking resources,” significant progress towards justice will not be made. We have a responsibility to ensure that our fellow brothers and sisters do not continue to be weighed down by the same injustices that have plagued them since the colonizer first arrived centuries ago.

  12. @nick that is true and basically what it is internal racism. They have turned on their own race in order for the to be acceted into society by the majority in this country. It is pretty pathetic and displays a lever cowardness that is just disgusting and dissapointing.

  13. Internal racism is when a small farctionof people within a race basically absorb all of the negative stereotypes and believe that it is true, but isntead of joining to break those stereotypes they try to be accepted by the majority of this country by chastizing and loathing their own people.

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