When immigrants are detained, they are stripped of their phone and many other personal items. They don't have the right to legal counsel, but that does not mean they cannot contact legal counsel. Finch provides a service that allows detained immigrants to get quick and concise counsel through Atticus, our intelligent over-the-phone chat bot. Atticus will break down the situation and gather necessary information to alert legal teams and get the immigrants the assistance they need.
What it does
We created a platform that allows for detained immigrants to get immediate legal assistance by answering 36 simple questions while interacting with our intelligent agent, Atticus. Atticus will reassure you, and gather important information from you quickly and concisely. This information can then be viewed by immigration lawyers and all necessary costs will be subsidized through the Atticus Charity Fund powered by Xpring.
How we built it
We used GCP DialogFlow's phone gateway in conjunction with a VOILP money transfer service powered by Xpring. The detained immigrant can call Atticus, who will then walk them through 36 legal questions that legal teams use to process their case. The Atticus Charity fund will then reimburse the detained immigrant for the phone call, and allocate charity funds to help subsidize the legal costs.
Challenges we ran into
Xpring is a very complex and powerful tool that requires a lot of research and reading. Setting up Xpring's more powerful features like VOILP for dynamic money streaming was one of the most difficult challenges with this project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Creating a solution that can be used by detained immigrants is one of the most rewarding experiences. The fact that we can provide support and peace-of-mind to detained immigrants, especially since half of our team comes from immigrant families, is one of the best feelings in the world.
What we learned
We learned a ton about Xpring and the powerful ledger systems behind it. Money transfer through Xpring's blockchain is awesome.
What's next for Finch
We plan on reaching out to get the Finch line officially listed in detention centers around the US so that any immigrant from anywhere can have access to legal teams. We want to expand into more languages including German, French, Portuguese, and Mandarin.