The US welcomes more than one million legal immigrants each year – more than any other nation. Yet while immigrants are the backbone of America’s growththey face enormous hurdles to accessing justice.
Mobile Pathways, a California-based nonprofit using mobile technology to improve the lives of vulnerable immigrants, has discovered alarming trends from the 100 million rows of immigration data that has been collected from government agencies, nonprofit partners, and individual immigrants. For example, immigrants, particularly asylum seekers, wait on average 720 days – that’s almost two years – to get their day in court. And the situation is only worsening.
A team of lawyers, coders, and immigrants created Mobile Pathways in order to inform marginalized populations unable to afford legal services. They are the first such immigrant organization to send automated legal updates to via text or WhatsApp. Mobile Pathways partners with over 140 deeply embedded grassroots immigration nonprofits to reach nearly four million immigrants.
The nonprofit just announced a $1 million funding raise thanks to organizations including the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Twilio, Salesforce, and Tides Foundation. These funds will allow Mobile Pathways to improve, expand and accelerate digital transformation services with its immigration non-profit partnerships. Specifically, thanks to a generous grant from The Patrick J. McGovern FoundationMobile Pathways will begin using data and machine learning to articulate immigration court outcomes while seeking ways to increase trust in the immigration process.
“The immigration crisis is one of our country’s most pressing issues today,” said Bartlomiej Skorupa, cofounder at Mobile Pathways. “In order to solve it, we need to have a clear understanding of where the system is