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Washington Appleseed works to address social and economic problems in our state by developing new public policy initiatives, challenging unjust laws, and helping people better understand and fully exercise their rights. We believe that by engaging both volunteer lawyers and community partners in these efforts, we better identify systemic problems, outline potential solutions and achieve effective and lasting social change.
Washington Appleseed works to provide greater opportunities and access to justice and fairness to disadvantaged/disenfranchised groups in our area. Sometimes this work means studying the impact of existing legal frameworks and developing new policy initiatives to achieve more equitable outcomes. At other times, it means helping people understand and exercise their rights. We leverage pro bono legal resources and the expertise of direct service providers to achieve meaningful social change in 5 issue areas: Basic Needs, Economic Fairness, Access to Justice, Healthy Communities, and Education.
Washington Appleseed is celebrating a decade of legal advocacy. Since 2004, Appleseed has built an award-winning track record for protecting underserved communities in our state. We have defended the rights of homeless students, made meaningful advances in closing the opportunity gap and deterring juvenile involvement in the justice system, won important protections for victims of domestic violence and more. We published ground-breaking research, won new court rules, spurred legislative action and produced educational content to improve the lives of Washington’s most vulnerable residents.
Washington Appleseed is not a direct service organization; instead, we operate at the systemic level. Our primary service is in working to develop innovative solutions to stubborn social injustices. Appleseed provides research and strategy support to local community organizations and works primarily through the avenues of public education and administration to support progressive action.