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BorderBuddy: Connecting at risk travelers with free legal resources to fight Trump’s immigration ban.

Founded: 2017 by Andrew Gionfriddo

  • Program Area

    Human Rights, Public Service & Civic Engagement
  • Location of Impact

    United States
  • Headquarters Location

    New York, New York, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Open Source, SMS
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics

    Racial or Ethnicity Minority

Under the Trump administration, more and more travelers face undue scrutiny when entering the United States. If you get detained at the border, it's too late to arrange for a lawyer to come represent you. There are legal advocacy groups that provide free services to communities targeted by Trump's immigration policies. But they need to know of your arrival in advance. That's where we come in. After you register, BorderBuddy keeps track of your flight's arrival information. If you make it through customs and immigration without any delays, send us a text and we'll know that you are OK. If your flight has landed more than two hours ago and we still haven't heard from you, one of our partners will send legal aid to the airport and advocate on your behalf. It's that simple.

Funders and Awards

Winner, March 2017 "Hack of the Month," NY Tech Meetup, Winner, Pivotal Labs special interest award