Imagine Your Life as a Refugee

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Your DGB for today is to download and play the My Life As a Refugee App Game.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), every 8 minutes a person becomes a refugee. Fleeing violence means leaving your belongings, family, culture and country. Refugees are often lumped into discussions about immigration, but their experiences are very distinct from those that pursue new homes for economic or less dramatic reasons. To illustrate this, the UNHCR created a game app that “lets players contemplate the same life-changing decisions refugees make in a true-to-life quest to try to survive, reach safety, reunite with loved ones and restart their lives.”

Read more about the agency here:

And download the app for iPhones here:

And Androids here:

And of course we would love it if you decided to take further action for refugees as suggested by the United Nations, here:

Grab back and learn about the refugee experience.


Lend Your Eyes to the Blind

Your DGB for today is to download the Be My Eyes app. This app connects sighted people with people who have varying degrees of visual impairment.

How it works is the blind or visually-impaired person submits a request for assistance (think reading a medication label or food expiration date) and the sighted person connects with them over a video call and lends a hand with any day-to-day challenge presented.

Right now the app is only for devices with iOS (Apple) but you can sign up to be notified when an Android-compatible version is ready. After you download or sign up, post on social media with #BeMyEyes to spread the word.

Eye hope you find this peer-to-peer network as cool as we do. Sorry, that joke was totally cornea.


Video as Evidence

Your DGB for today is to use Video as Evidence to learn how to create video with the greatest evidentiary value.

It’s estimated that around one third of adults witness a crime each year, and that doesn’t reflect law enforcement misconduct. It’s likely you will eventually need to be prepared to be a witness. We welcome you to peruse VAE, as it is a wealth of resources, but today we focus on some basic tips for using film to document hate or law enforcement interactions.



When filming, consider using an app that safely archives video in a way that prevents deletion. If you haven’t already done so, see our previous Grab on Cell 411 and download.

Simply being a dismayed bystander is not an option. As long as it’s safe to do so, get out your phone and document.


Fight Human Trafficking with TraffickCam

Your DGB for today is to download the TraffickCam app and utilize it to document your hotel room every time you travel.

Among the horrifying statistics on commercial sexual servitude, it’s estimated that around 2 million children are exploited every year in the sex trafficking trade. Human traffickers often post photos of their victims in hotel rooms when advertising online. TraffickCam, developed by the Exchange Initiative, aims to create a database of hotel room photos that law enforcement can then use as part of their investigations.

TraffickCam is available free for Apple and Android. Once you download the app, it uses your phone’s location services to help you easily identify the hotel you’re in, asks for your room number, and provides suggestions for angles and items most useful to photograph.

You can also read more about the initiative and make reports on their website at

Do your part to make sure no one is grabbed without their consent and fight back against human trafficking.