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GPS/RFID Asylum Seeker Id Bracelets And Web Application For Tracking Family Members

Use GPS/RFID technology as a way to keep asylum-seeking families connected when separated at entry.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Thousands of people come to the United States seeking asylum every year. Some are granted what they came here for, while others are denied for legal reasons. With the current border separation policy, many families are separated from each other if illegal entry is suspected. Thousands of children have been separated from their families and have no idea when they will see their families again. ICE does not have a centralized database to help keep track of where they are sending people or who arrived as a family unit. In 2018, ICE issued ankle monitors to track some of these asylum seekers. These devices are typically used to track criminals and are inhumane for people seeking asylum, especially children. This idea aims to create either a mobile responsive web application or native application with a centralized database where government officials, volunteers, social workers and others can help register asylum seekers and create a family tree in order to keep track of family units and their locations. Individuals will be given a bracelet, like those handed out at concerts, that either have RFID/GPS. Each bracelet will be scanned into the application/database and tied to that person. Users can then create family trees, adding other individuals and their bracelet IDs into the application. Each time an individual is moved, their location can be tracked by scanning the RFID or recording the GPS location. This information is automatically entered into the databas

Geography of focus (500 characters)

This issue affects the entire world. People come to the United States seeking asylum from all over the world. This idea would specifically help Central American asylum seekers given the current laws.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

It builds and fosters the notion that the United States is an entity people who have been oppressed, abused, persecuted and treated less than human can turn to for help and hope of building a better future.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This idea helps asylum seekers feel a little more welcomed in a foreign land and recognizes their humanity by honoring their family bond and striving to keep them together despite political differences or misunderstandings. It gives people hope that they will be given a chance at building a better life for themselves and for their families. The bracelets and the application helps address their fears of separation and isolation from their loved ones.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

People seeking asylum will possibly have one less thing to worry about and fear as a result of their asylum seeking. Hopefully, they will know and feel that they and their families are safe here while their case is being evaluated. Hopefully they will not regret all their efforts and struggle to come to America and this will help keep their dreams of a better life alive. In addition, hopefully this will help officials keep track of individual's whereabouts and ease tensions here in the US as well. Many people are appalled by this situation and are horrified that the US government would allow such things to happen to asylum seekers and other innocent people.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

It's hard to ignore this situation. It's all over the news, internet, talk radio, podcasts, it's everywhere. Something needs to be done. I thought about music festivals and how attendees are given these cool, festive bracelets when they purchase their tickets. Each bracelet has a unique ID and is registered to that person. Concert attendees must where them in order to enter/exit the event. At some events, concert goers can link their credit/debit cards so they don't need cash at the event. I figured if we could do that for concerts, why not apply it to something like this. The technology is out there. It's cheap, easy to use and readily available.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The community I am attempting to serve directly is asylum seekers who come to the United States with their families and are in danger of being separated from each other. They come here under the direst of circumstances. They are scared, hungry, tired, helpless, possibly penniless and without any contact in the US. Often times, they are picked up by the authorities and herded to a detention center. It doesn't matter what country or part of the world they are from. They need help and some reassurance that they will see their family again if separated.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

I don't have an established community dedicated to this project yet. However, there is a ton of support for this cause all over social media, by celebrities and by local groups in the Los Angeles area. I would be grateful for help building a community and connecting with powerful groups or individuals who support this cause.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

I am certain that there are GPS, RFID, and technology companies that would be willing to partner with me and OpenIDEO to build this application and provide inexpensive wearable technology for asylum seekers and their families. I can design the application's interface. I work as a professional user experience designer. I'm certain I could find an organization like Code for Good that would be willing to lend some engineers and technological expertise to make it work. Again, I would appreciate any help here.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Technology-enabled: Existing approach is more effective or scalable with the addition of technology

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

It's just me.

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

I was born in El Salvador. My family migrated to the United States in 1980. I deeply identify with leaving family and being in an unfamiliar country with little to no resources.

Type of submitter

  • Other

Organization Headquarters: Country

United States

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Los Angeles, CA

In preparation for expert feedback: What are three unanswered questions or challenges that you could use support on in these categories? These questions will be answered directly by experts matched specifically to your idea. (600 characters)

1. What's more viable financially/technically to implement, the RFID or GPS tracking device? RFID?. Is a bracelet the right way to go or explore other forms of wearables? 2. Can this integrate with existing platforms to be more robust in terms of its usefulness. Maybe it can be more than just a tracking device, but also can have other information attached to it like concert bracelets do. Maybe can provide access to funds, bus fare, airline tickets, boat fees, etc. 3. Where can asylum seekers use application to track members? Should this be an admin side platform for organizations?

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These are my last 3 sets of important questions for you and your team before the final review stage begins.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
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Team

Hi Bremley Lyngdoh 

Please see below for responses to your questions:
Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
• People on the move may not want to be tracked by outside agencies due to mistrust and fear of being followed, arrested, harmed, etc.
• People on the move may not want to be easily identified as a refugee for fear of retaliation or being harmed.
• Who would have access to my data?

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your user on your idea?
• Users main concern is who else would have access to their data.
• Cell phones are their lifeline and best way to communicate with family and friends.
• They have a mistrust of government because of conditions or past experiences in their country and other countries they have been too and want to be involved as little as possible.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your expert on your idea?
• Privacy is a huge issue.
• Only the person on the move should have access to their data.
• Integrating other uses in addition to tracking device like access to funds, buying tickets for transportation, etc.

Photo of Gabriela Rivas
Team

Hi Bremley Lyngdoh 

Please see below for responses to your questions:
Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
• People on the move may not want to be tracked by outside agencies due to mistrust and fear of being followed, arrested, harmed, etc.
• People on the move may not want to be easily identified as a refugee for fear of retaliation or being harmed.
• Who would have access to my data?

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your user on your idea?
• Users main concern is who else would have access to their data.
• Cell phones are their lifeline and best way to communicate with family and friends.
• They have a mistrust of government because of conditions or past experiences in their country and other countries they have been too and want to be involved as little as possible.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your expert on your idea?
• Privacy is a huge issue.
• Only the person on the move should have access to their data.
• Integrating other uses in addition to tracking device like access to funds, buying tickets for transportation, etc.

Photo of Gabriela Rivas
Team

Hi Bremley Lyngdoh 

Please see below for responses to your questions:
Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
• People on the move may not want to be tracked by outside agencies due to mistrust and fear of being followed, arrested, harmed, etc.
• People on the move may not want to be easily identified as a refugee for fear of retaliation or being harmed.
• Who would have access to my data?

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your user on your idea?
• Users main concern is who else would have access to their data.
• Cell phones are their lifeline and best way to communicate with family and friends.
• They have a mistrust of government because of conditions or past experiences in their country and other countries they have been too and want to be involved as little as possible.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your expert on your idea?
• Privacy is a huge issue.
• Only the person on the move should have access to their data.
• Integrating other uses in addition to tracking device like access to funds, buying tickets for transportation, etc.

Photo of Gabriela Rivas
Team

Hi Bremley Lyngdoh 

Please see below for responses to your questions:
Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
• People on the move may not want to be tracked by outside agencies due to mistrust and fear of being followed, arrested, harmed, etc.
• People on the move may not want to be easily identified as a refugee for fear of retaliation or being harmed.
• Who would have access to my data?

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your user on your idea?
• Users main concern is who else would have access to their data.
• Cell phones are their lifeline and best way to communicate with family and friends.
• They have a mistrust of government because of conditions or past experiences in their country and other countries they have been too and want to be involved as little as possible.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your expert on your idea?
• Privacy is a huge issue.
• Only the person on the move should have access to their data.
• Integrating other uses in addition to tracking device like access to funds, buying tickets for transportation, etc.

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