Young Starlet Turn Tech Activist
Shocked by the rising number of police brutality cases, Single Ladies star Chastity Dotson created ZAFA Protection System. ZPS is a free mobile application that sends out an alert to members of a community when there is a crime. This global neighborhood watch app allows citizens to come together, community build, and protect one another against incidents of violence.
Dotson is a multi-faceted artist and activist based in Los Angeles. She got her start in entertainment after studying at University of Southern California’s BFA acting program. Not long after graduating, she landed a role in the World Premiere of Charlayne Woodard’s “Flight” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, which drew rave reviews from the Daily Variety who called her “an arresting blend of vulnerability and steel will.” She then starred in Oliver Mayer’s “Young Valiant” where she played the title role of a fourteen-year old boy, and was celebrated as a “small miracle” by the LA Weekly.
Chastity has written and performed seven one-woman shows internationally and is now set to star in Marivaux’s The False Servant at the Odyssey in Culver City, CA in July.
Dotson’s growing list of screen performances includes: Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, N3mbers, CSI NY, Grey’s Anatomy, Raising the Bar, Without a Trace, Veronica Mars, Bones, The Mentalist, BET’s Single Ladies and most recently as a guest star on Major Crimes for TNT.
But, like so many others, Dotson was shaken by the violence of police officers against civilians. So, she sought out funding on Go Fund Me to create a neighborhood watch app—and reached her goal in three short weeks. With that funding Dotson created ZAFA Protection System or ZPS.
Benefits of ZPS are:
• ZAFA empowers communities to call upon each other to witness and protect against violent offenders
• ZAFA ensures that there is always a witness or a helper at the crime scene
• ZAFA allows for the immediate upload of footage to remote servers securing it in case of confiscations
• ZAFA has an alert system that covers up to 20 miles, with real time GPS coordinates and directions to the incident
• When a ZAFA alert is sent it not only gives the person in trouble the location of the nearest user but it also allows the user to communicate with the victim letting them know help is on the way
• ZAFA offers alert buttons that cover multiple violent offenses not just police brutality
This is just the beginning for the young tech entrepreneur, “Once the app is released, I plan to create ZAFA trackers. GPS buttons that will communicate remotely with the app. ZAFA will then be able to be used in the case of child abductions. Everyone deserves to be protected.”
The app will be available for free download on iPhone and Android. For more info, please visit zafaprotection.com.