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Who We Are



We've Defended Your Freedom Since 1994

The morning Alliance Defending Freedom was launched, Dr. Bill Bright told a story about a little boy who was lost in a wheat field. The townspeople frantically searched for the boy, but they couldn’t find him. Finally, one of the searchers suggested that they all hold hands and walk together across the field. They found the boy, but sadly, not in time to save his life. One of the searchers lamented, "If we had only linked arms sooner..."

Dr. Bright compared the town’s story to the Christian community.

The gathered Christian leaders—more than 30 founders 
of ADF—recognized that Christians, like the town, needed to unite in order to defend religious freedom before it was too late.

And so, Alliance Defending Freedom was launched on January 31, 1994 to ensure that religious freedom did not share the same fate as the boy in the field.

Strategy

Building an Alliance for Victory

With that launch, the Christian community gained growing awareness that the threats to its freedom were multiplying. The legal system, which was built on a moral and Christian foundation, had been steadily moving against religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family. And very few Christians were showing up in court to put up a fight.

By funding cases, training attorneys, and successfully advocating for freedom in court, Alliance Defending Freedom changed that.

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Advocacy
Transforming Law & Culture

It is not enough to just win cases; we must change the culture, and the strategy of Alliance Defending Freedom ensures lasting victory.

To learn more about what we are doing, visit our key issues: religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

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Training
Building the Alliance

Alliance Defending Freedom is transforming the legal system and influencing the culture by building a strong alliance of professionals through several world-class training programs. Whether you are an attorney, law student, pastor, college student, or a supporter of our work, Alliance Defending Freedom has a program uniquely designed to equip you to make an impact.

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Funding
Supporting the Mission

Religious freedom has suffered due to the high cost of litigation. Alliance Defending Freedom has provided thousands of allies with critical funding for precedent-setting cases to ensure that the defense of religious freedom is well funded.

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But we can’t fund these critical cases without your support.

Your support will allow ADF to continue defending religious freedom.

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2500+

Allied Attorneys

200+

Allied Organizations

956k+

Pro Bono Hours

$184M+

In Pro Bono Hours

1700+

Attorneys Trained

$42M+

In Case Funding
Winning Record

We're Here to Win

When Alan Sears was approached to lead ADF, he wanted to make sure of one thing: Alliance Defending Freedom would be committed to winning. And within only a few short weeks of its launch, ADF was funding a case at the U.S. Supreme Court and captured the first victory of many for religious freedom. True to this commitment . . . 

Alliance Defending Freedom is dedicated to victory.

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Winning nearly 80% of all cases.

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Playing a role in 47 victories at the United States Supreme Court.

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Advocating in hundreds of international legal matters affecting religious freedom.

A History of Success

Alliance Defending Freedom was created to win, and our success has affirmed religious freedom around the world. We've also trained thousands of attorneys and students who are making an impact.

Take a look at our most significant accomplishments:​

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Alliance Defending Freedom Founders

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Our Signature brochure provides an overview of ADF. Learn about our mission, key issues, crucial victories, and world-class training programs.

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