(The ACLU has created a bilingual app for people to access information on their rights under SB1070. Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images))

ACLU unveils bilingual app to report Arizona “immigration abuses”

The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-AZ)  has unveiled a bilingual phone app — yes, a phone app — that allows people to report incidents of alleged abuses under Arizona’s SB1070 law.

The civil rights organization says this follows the response to a hotline the ACLU created last year, which ended up fielding over 6,000 calls following a Supreme Court decision which upheld parts of Arizona’s law.

The app will feature a call button that puts callers in touch with the ACLU Arizona chapter, and it will also offer guidance on what to do after a person is stopped or arrested.  The app also tells passengers in a car they do not have to have an ID.

“The goal of this campaign is to arm affected individuals with the tools and information they need to stand up for themselves, report abuses, and help us fight back in the courts to get the worst provision of the law struck down,” said ACLU of Arizona Immigrants’ Rights Coordinator Dulce Juarez, in a statement.

ACLU app

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