Immigrants are often afraid to seek legal advice due to the fear of outing themselves and the lack of proper communication due to language barriers. There is also a lot of misinformation and unfortunately, some people who wish to take advantage of the situation. We seek to solve that by allowing users to anonymously ask questions and receive answers in any language using Google Translate services.
What it does
Users can anonymously view or ask questions in any selected language and immigration lawyers respond. Both users and lawyers can upvote a response that they feel is good. We do not collect any information on the users to preserve their anonymity and help maintain their sense of security while using the site. Lawyers do not have to publish their information, but we will collect their information to verify their credentials.
How we built it
Using PostgresSQL and Sequelize on the backend and React on the frontend.
Challenges we ran into .
Balancing user privacy with the need to have two way communication with the user. We had difficulty with Google Translate API
Accomplishments that we're proud of .
We are proud of our collaborative process and our inclusion of all group members regardless of skill level.
What we learned .
We learned how to use various google APIs and learn about immigration policies.
What's next for SafeAsk
We would like to partner up with various organizations, and law firms. In the future, we would like to create a bot using the compiled data over time.