FronteraTech.org was formerly known as Mi Maletín. The name change reflects the organization’s expansion from a border- and detention-project first response organization, to a non-profit tech company.
fronteraTech’s mission is to build tools to strengthen collaborative defense efforts on the border and in detention centers where the need to help a large number of immigrants is acute. To that end we are striving to create a new tech portfolio for immigration defense that gets real people into permanent safety, and builds on top of the amazing and inspiring architecture that has already been put in place.
Our first product, InTech, is meant to ensure our partner organizations have more complete and accurate data, by providing a way for collected data to have fewer of the holes and mistakes that naturally arise from the volunteer-based work that is required of massive collaborative projects in detention and on the border. Through our own pro bono legal services work in Charleston, SC and Alamance County, NC, fronteraTech experienced first hand the unaddressed dangers of the mass collaboration model that require further tweaking in order to minimize the danger to clients and the potential ethical pitfalls that may arise for representatives. Massive collaborative representation, we believe is the future, and our mission is to contribute all we can to steer it to an even stronger position within the immigration ecosystem of defense. It is also a collaborative effort, and our work is being engineered so that it can plug into the other inspired projects by friends like Innovation Law Lab, SPLC, and others.
This fall, fronteraTech launched its first app, InTech, which will alleviate the time and resources allotted to capturing critical data from detained clients.