Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systemic approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable healthcare and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, in the statehouse or in the community.

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Litigation Legislative Work Publications

Current Litigation

K.D. & S.L. v. HHS – Lawsuit Filed to Protect the Rights of Nebraska Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities - Press Release 05/18/2012

Economic Justice Litigation

Letters Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Cases Leiting-Hall & Dankleff v. Winterer & Pristow
Medicaid Sanctions
Cases Davio v. HHS (class action)
Post Secondary Education
Cases Walters v. Nebraska (class action)
Kosmicki v. Nebraska
Keith v. HHS
Time Limits
Cases Jones v. Nebraska (class action)
Family Cap
Cases Mason v. Nebraska (class action)
Income Disregards
Cases Bauer v. Rasmussen

Child Welfare Litigation

Cases K.D. & S.L. v. HHS
  • Background
    • The suit challenges an HHS Medicaid policy that excludes certain treatments for children with developmental disabilities in violation of the federal Medicaid Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read the full press release. At its heart, this lawsuit is trying to make sure that children with developmental disabilities and autism access the early intervention services they need. Read more...
  • Pleadings
  • Other
Cases In re Interest Walter W.
In re Interest Elias L.
In re Interest Thomas M.
In re Interest Shayla H.

Appleseed Related Litigation

Cases Jones et. al. vs. Gale et. al.
Jones v. HHS (Petitioner represented by John Milligan of Legal Aid of Nebraska)
Arellano v. Nebraska (Petitioner represented by Rae Ann Schmitz of Legal Aid of Nebraska)

Current Legislation

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Current Bills Monitored by Nebraska Appleseed & Testimony by Program Area
Economic Justice
Health Care
Immigrants & Communities
Child Welfare
Voting & Elections


Economic Justice

Health Care

Immigrants & Communities
Meatpacking / Worker Safety

Unsafe at These Speeds - Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed

Poultry Rule Fact Sheet

Rulemaking petition to OSHA and the USDA on work speed in meatpacking and poultry plants - Nebraska Appleseed, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and 13 other civil rights groups

Safe Food, Safe Workplaces - A presentation from Appleseed, Southern Poverty Law Center, and National Council of La Raza on the dangers posed to food and workers' safety by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed new poultry rule.

Regulate meatpacking line speeds - Lincoln Journal-Star Editorial 09/11/2013

“The Speed Kills You”: The Voice of Nebraska’s Meatpacking Workers - Nebraska Appleseed

Letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack calling for worker safeguards

Always Working Beyond the Capacity of Our Bodies - Midwest Coalition for Human Rights: Report | Fact Sheet

Public Comments on the USDA’s proposed new poultry rule - Nebraska Appleseed

Playing Chicken on Food Safety - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Cruelest Cuts: The human cost of bringing poultry to your table - Charlotte Observer

Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Workers’ Rights in U.S. Meat and Poultry Plants - Human Rights Watch

Dignity on the Line - Nebraska Appleseed

State and Local Policy

Fremont's First Costs - Statement of One Fremont One Future before Nebraska Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - Kristin Ostrom, Bertha Valenzuela, Leslie Velez

Jenner & Block and Latino Justice Eighth Circuit Amicus Brief

The Costs and Risks of an Arizona-Style Law in Nebraska, Fact Sheet - Nebraska Appleseed

Investing in the Human Capital of Immigrants, Strengthening Regional Economies - Brookings Institution

Voices from Fremont (art exhibit)

Stop the Conference: The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Conference Cancellations Due to Arizona’s S.B. 1070 - Center for American Progress

Unconstitutional and Costly: The High Price of Local Immigration Enforcement - Center for American Progress

Fremont Amicus Brief

The Nativist Lobby: Three Faces of Intolerance - Southern Poverty Law Center

When Mr. Kobach Comes to Town: Nativist Laws and the Communities They Damage - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Economic Impact of Latin American and Other Immigrants: Iowa, Nebraska and the Omaha - Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area - University of Nebraska - Omaha

Prenatal Care Fact Sheets

Voter Suppression / Voter ID Fact Sheets

In-state tuition brochure: English | Español

Forcing Our Blues into Gray Areas: Local Police and Federal Immigration Reform - Nebraska Appleseed: Report | Press Release

Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights Brochure: English | Español

Equal Opportunity & Racial Justice

Racial Profiing, the War on Drugs Fact Sheet and Mass Incarceration - Rights Working Group

Criminalizing People of Color: A Historical Legacy - Rights Working Group

End Racial Profiling Act Tool Kit - Rights Working Group

Racial Profiling Act Issue Brief - Rights Working Group

Appeals Court Rules Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action Unconstitutional - Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Restoring a National Consensus: The Need to End Racial Profiling in America - Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Incarcerated Women Issue Brief - Sentencing Project

Parents in Prison - Sentencing Project

Ex-Felon Voting Rights Brochure - Nebraska Appleseed: English | Español

Immigrants & Public Assistance

Emergency Medicaid Fact Sheet

"Lawfully Residing" Children & Pregnant Women Eligible for Medicaid & CHIP

LB 465 & Lawful Permanent Residents - Medicaid, SNAP (formerly food stamps), Aid to Dependent Children, and Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled

Medicaid Coverage for Labor and Delivery for Immigrant Women

Medicaid Coverage of Prenatal Care for Unborn Children, Regardless of the Mother’s Immigration Status Q&A: English | Español

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Child Welfare