American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Kansas

We the people dare to create a more perfect union

aka ACLU Foundation of Kansas   |   Mission, KS   |  www.aclukansas.org

Mission

The mission of the ACLU of Kansas is to protect and defend the constitutional rights and civil liberties of every individual in Kansas regardless of creed, race, religion, gender identification, or class. Across the spectrum of our issues, the ACLU targets policies and practices that impede the ability of historically disenfranchised communities to empower themselves, gain, and retain an equal footing in society. Communities which have historically suffered infringements of constitutional rights and liberties include people of color, women, immigrants, people who identify as LGBT, prisoners, people with disabilities, and the poor. Ensuring that all people receive truly equal treatment under the law has been a focus of the ACLU’s work since its founding.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Nadine Johnson

Main address

P.O. Box 917

Mission, KS 66201 USA

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Formerly known as

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Kansas and Western Missouri

EIN

43-0926406

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The ACLU of Kansas is dedicated to protecting the civil rights of all people living in Kansas. We work in the state legislature, the courts, and local communities to ensure that those who threaten the civil liberties of Kansans are met with stark resistance. We work for policy change to expand and strengthen civil liberties, provide legal counsel, and act as an ally and an advocate for people who are denied the rights guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Our current efforts are focused on serving and defending reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, First Amendment rights, immigrant rights, voting rights, criminal justice reform, and privacy rights.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Let Kansas Vote

Kansas is at the epicenter of the national battle for voting rights. Former Sec. of State Kris Kobach is the architect of the nation’s most restrictive voter registration law, a “documentary proof of citizenship” requirement that forces would-be registrants to provide a birth certificate, passport or similar document. This law created a voting system in which some Kansans are denied the right to vote by virtue of the way they register, leaving tens of thousands of eligible Kansans denied or dissuaded from exercising the constitutional right to vote. The ACLU has used litigation to challenge this and other restrictions initiated by Kobach, most of which are nearing resolution. Even when all voting rights restrictions in Kansas are repealed, there is much to be done to proactively expand access to the ballot for eligible citizens.

Population(s) Served

Kansas has a criminal justice system that costs too much, needlessly incarcerates too many people, works against those trying to make a fresh start, and is permeated by racial disparity. Despite some laudable efforts at bipartisan smart justice reform, a trend of rising incarceration in Kansas has not been reversed or even halted. The state’s crime rate has fallen consistently, but the prison population has quadrupled from 2,300 in 1978 to nearly 10,000 in 2019. Racial disparities in the Kansas criminal justice system are especially pronounced and unacceptable. Although African Americans and Hispanics make up only 17% of the state’s population, they comprise more than half of the prison population. This is a system that is badly broken. It fails to deliver on the constitutional promise of due process and equal protection for all. It restricts liberty in arbitrary and outrageous ways. It carries enormous moral costs, and impairs the safety, vitality, and basic humanity of all Kansans.

Population(s) Served

The immigrant population of Kansas has grown consistently over the last two decades, with especially dramatic growth in Wyandotte, Sedgwick, Ford and Finney counties. As in much of the United States, xenophobia and racism are widespread and immigrants are frequent targets of violence, persecution, and discrimination. A handful of anti-immigrant extremists, particularly former Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his allies in the state legislature, consistently attempt to secure passage of harsh, illegal and unconstitutional measures to harass and intimidate immigrants. The rights of immigrants – and people wrongly perceived as being immigrants – are frequently violated in ways that make a mockery of the idea that Kansas is a free, just, safe or welcoming place to call home. The ACLU of KS will lead a campaign to better defend – and in fact expand and strengthen – the rights of immigrants in Kansas.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1971

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Kansas

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Estes

Local Investment Commission (LINC)

Term: 2019 - 2022

Leslie Bissell

Retired Paralegal

Jim Bell

Retired Attorney

Sandy Brown

Retired Physical Therapist

Micheline Burger

Retired Attorney

Amii Castle

University of Kansas, School of Law

Roberta Eveslage

Retired Professor

Bob Eye

Kauffman & Eye

Mark Johnson

Dentons US LLP

Lon Lewis

Retired Veterinarian

Raymond Rico

Garcia Immigration Law Firm, LLC

Brad Stuewe

Retired Physician

Annie Tietze

Retired State Representative

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/10/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Unknown
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.