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08.02.11 Save The Date: Annual Fundraising Luncheon

To our members, donors, and friends:

In this issue, we focus on three of our program areas - Criminal Justice, Immigration Court Reform and Financial Access and Fairness.

We are working toward the implementation of a Diversion Division within the Criminal Justice System -- a reform that will reduce the population of our jails and save millions of dollars each year. We continue to urge recommendations for changes in the way the immigration courts operate -- changes that will cost little to implement, will create a fairer and more efficient system, and will save taxpayers millions of dollars each year. Finally, we have worked for many years within the Appleseed Network to bring about more transparency and fairness when consumers utilize remittance services.

As always, we thank you for your support.


Malcolm Rich


On October 5, 2011, Chicago Appleseed and Chicago Council of Lawyers invite you to their Annual Fundraising Luncheon.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Senator Kwame Raoul - Keynote speaker and recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for his successful effort to end the death penalty in Illinois.


Cynthia Canary - Recipient of the Commitment to Justice Award for her tireless efforts to bring about reform of the Illinois political process - seeking new levels of transparency and ethics in Illinois government.

Professor John P. Heinz - Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to bringing about reform through social science research, teaching, and helping nonprofit organizations reach their reform-minded goals.

LOCATION: Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Drive , Chicago, Illinois 60601

TIME: Reception begins at 11:30 a.m. / Lunch and program begin at 12:00 p.m.

If you wish to donate to the raffle, please contact Lisa Stoller: 312-988-6599 /

Diversion Works

This Chicago Appleseed editorial was prepared by staff attorney Katy Welter and can be found on our blog

The Urban Institute, the Center for Court Innovation, and RTI International, conducted the multi-volume study, "The Multi-Site Adult Drug Court Evaluation." Researchers evaluated 23 drug courts and 6 traditional court programs for comparison, over a period of 5 years...

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Appleseed Written Testimony on Immigration Court Reform

"Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System" May 18, 2011

Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to submit written testimony on the important issue of the fair and effective operation of the U.S. immigration court system. People take great risks to come to this country. While not all are entitled to stay, we believe that part of America's promise is fair treatment from our government officials and the opportunity to be heard in court. Appleseed believes that the members of the Judiciary Committee share our desire that all those who pass through our immigration courts - whether they return to their native lands or are allowed to stay in the United States - will feel like the treatment they received at the hands of our government will be honest, fair, efficient, and in compliance with our legal standards.

Read The Entire Testimony Here

Comments to the Federal Reserve Board: Electronic Fund Transfers

Chicago Appleseed joins the Appleseed Network in urging the Federal Reserve Board to adopt reforms related to remittances. In the letter addressed to the Federal Reserve Board, it states: "In Appleseed's opinion, the proposed regulations are largely consistent with Congress' intent of promoting transparency and meaningful consumer protection but do not impose undue burdens on remittance transfer providers. Appleseed generally supports the proposed regulations as written, but would like to use this letter to suggest a few improvements as well as highlight several particularly important provisions."

You can read the entire letter as well as the recommended provisions by clicking here: Letter to the Federal Reserve Board