Facebook Messenger Chatbot helping Refugees seek Asylum

Artificial Intelligence can no more be labeled as mistrusted fascination. It is being increasingly used for better purposes. The most recent initiative from British-born Joshua Browder is just a proof of this. The gentleman has developed a chatbot ‘DoNotPay’ that intends to help refugees seek asylum. The chat bot works on Facebook Messenger and follows the same procedure as an immigration lawyer when preparing an application for refugees.

Messenger Chatbot Helping Refugees

Messenger Chatbot Helping Refugees

Browder seems to believe in spreading the goodwill. Earlier too, he had helped the homeless in the UK and offered free legal advice for people with HIV.

I’ve been trying to launch this for about six months – I initially wanted to do it in the summer. But I wanted to make sure I got it right because it’s such a complicated issue. I kept showing it to lawyers throughout the process and I’d go back and tweak it.

I wanted to add Canada at the last minute because of the changes in the political background in the US,” he added further.

The original DoNotPay, created by Stanford student Joshua Browder, describes itself as “the world’s first robot lawyer”, giving free legal aid to users through a simple-to-use chat interface. The chatbot, using Facebook Messenger, can now help refugees fill in an immigration application in the US and Canada. For those in the UK, it helps them apply for asylum support.

To verify the nature of claims of the applicants and know if a refugee is eligible for asylum protection under international law, the chatbot asks a series of questions. Thereafter, it notes down the necessary details required for submitting the asylum application. Once the application is sent, the data is completely wiped off the servers using the bot.

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