Frequently Asked Questions

Notifica is a project of United We Dream

What does the Notifica app do?

A: Notifica gives immigrants and their families a help button that alerts key contacts if an encounter with law enforcement is about to take place. Alerts are designed to inform family members, legal advocates, and other contacts that the sender may have been detained by the police or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, there is a “Your Rights” section that provides educational content with deportation defense guidance.

I have recieved a message from a Notifica user. What should I do next?

A: The person that sent you the message from Notifica is requesting your assistance. The message may provide specific directions such as contacting an immigration attorney, but if not, please be aware the sender may have been detained by law enforcement. You can help by coordinating with family members and friends on confirming the Notifica user's location and status.

Who made the Notifica app?

A: The Notifica app is owned and published by United We Dream. The app was made thanks to a generous partnership with Huge and Matter Supply, full service design/digital agencies.

What has the response been to Notifica so far?

A: When the initial concept of Notifica was introduced, there was positive reaction from test groups and major media outlets.

Who is the intended audience for Notifica?

A: Primarily, young people and family members of undocumented immigrants (a group estimated to be at least 16 million people). Secondary, attorneys and advocates that want to ensure their clients have an efficient and safe way to make contact prior to a deportation event.

What languages are supported by the Notifica app?

A: Notifica currently displays in either English or Spanish. Notifica language selection matches the phone’s primary language settings. We are planning to support additional languages in the future.

What phones can use Notifica?

A: Anyone with Android smartphones (4.2 - Jellybean+) or any iPhone (iOS 8.0+) owner can download Notifica from the app stores.

Does it cost anything to use Notifica?

A: Messages sent via the Notifica app are at no cost to the end user. Standard messaging rates may apply for recipients of the messages sent by Notifica.

How does Notifica protect my personal information?

A: Please read the Privacy Policy.

Will DHS/ICE have access to the information I stored on Notifica at the time of my detention?

A: It is not uncommon for phones to be confiscated in the event of a detention. If you sent an alert to your contacts through the Notifica app prior to confiscation, the content of your message, as well as information about your contracts, gets deleted from the app and our records. Communication within the Notifica app is one way, from a sender to the network, for safety.

Will Notifica share my location? The messages are written in advance so how do I inform my network of my location?

A: Upon installing Notifica, the app will ask for your permission to access your location. If you enable that option, your location at the time of sending an alert will be shared to your network, along with your saved message. If you choose not to enable that option, the people in your network receiving your alert will not receive your last known location. If you want to change Notifica’s access to your location at any time, you may do so in your phone’s settings.