Mission: The chicago appleseed fund for justice is a nationally connected social impact research and advocacy organization that works to achieve fundamental, systemic reform by addressing policies and practices that prevent individuals from reaching their full potential. We focus on social justice and government effectiveness issues ranging from fair criminal justice systems to equal access in financial institutions.
Programs: Criminal justice reform-research and advocacy related to creating a diversion section within the cook county criminal courts to provide a coordinated, more effective system of diverting defendants out of the criminal justice system and, in the process, reduce the population of the cook county jail. Reducing the imposition of court costs, fines and fees on indigent persons.
immigration court reform-developing an educational practice guide for pro bono lawyers representing immigrants in immigration court system.
child support & family law-launching hearing officer based program in the child support adjudication system when parents are unrepresented by legal counsel.