With Notifica, users who fear they could face deportation can create and store personalized messages for a number of recipients, the idea being that a notification for family members would most likely be worded differently from the one you would send to your employer. If something happens, the user can activate and send all the separate messages in text with a single click.
The app is protected by a code in case the user's phone is lost or stolen, so only the user has access to their preloaded notifications.
"You have the right to be prepared," says the app's site. "Be prepared with Notifica, an app that sends out secure messages to your support network when you need it most."
Huge has also launched a phone hotline for people who don't have a phone in reach but may be able to make a call afterwards.
The Notifica app was launched in the wake of new immigration enforcement policies introduced by President Donald Trump. The new guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security vastly expand the definition of “criminal aliens”, targeting undocumented immigrants convicted of not only serious but ‘any’ criminal offence. Under the new directives, federal agents were authorized to use their discretion and detain any alien they have probably cause to believe is in violation of US immigration laws, as well as determine whether an illegal immigrant is eligible for expedited removal.