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[April 23, 2014]

Arab-American group develops phone for reporting hate crime [Detroit Free Press :: ]

(Detroit Free Press (MI) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) April 23--An Arab-American civil rights group has launched a new phone app aimed at allowing people to promptly report hate crimes.

The Michigan chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said they have created an app that allows users to report acts of discrimination, harassment, or other types of racism from their cell phones or other mobile devices.


The group developed the app to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

"The best thing about this app is that all you need is a phone to mobilize civil rights advocacy in your community, no matter your proximity to our offices," said Fatina Abdrabboh, director of the Michigan chapter, based in Dearborn. The app gives a "platform to engage through mobile technology and social media," she said.

The app lets users know about their rights "in the workplace, while traveling, and when interacting with federal agents," the group said in a news release.

Arab-Americans in metro Detroit have reported bias over the years in a range of places, including at airports, crossing borders, at their jobs, and in schools.

The new app also interacts with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It has sections called Know Your Rights, Report an Incident, and ADC Michigan Incident Form, which users fill out to report incidents of bias.

Launched April 11, the app is available for free on Android and IOS devices.

The download the app, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n164534307 or https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id845123049?mt=8 Contact Niraj Warikoo: nwarikoo@freepress.com or 313-223-4792. Follow him on www.twitter.com/nwarikoo ___ (c)2014 the Detroit Free Press Visit the Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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