Our mission is to champion laws and policies that support vulnerable and excluded Kansans. Our vision is A Kansas full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities. Kansas Appleseed was founded in 1999 by Kansas attorneys who saw a need for organized policy advocacy on issues of poverty and exclusion. Those attorneys founded Kansas Appleseed as a member of the Appleseed Network, a family of 18 separately-incorporated justice centers across the United States and in Mexico City dedicated to securing justice and equality for all. The central theme that united the first Appleseed generation was the notion that law is not just something to restrain abuses, but rather is an opportunity to give people the chance to fulfill their potential in life.br />
We research the details of a problem, its root causes, and workable solutions; we support the publicǃ voice in policy decisions through community organizing and grassroots engagement; and we shepherd policy solutions through the decision-making process at the state and local level. We focus especially on issues affecting kids, immigrants, and the fair administration of justice.