Who We Are
Standing for Freedom Since 1994
Alliance Defending Freedom is the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life. We defend your most cherished liberties in Congress, state legislatures, and courtrooms across the country—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
We don’t just stand for freedom—we win. ADF has won 12 victories at the Supreme Court since 2011, and we’re winning nearly 80 percent of all our cases—but we don’t do it alone.
When 35 Christian leaders came together to build a ministry that would defend religious liberty and keep the doors open for the Gospel, they knew it would take an alliance.
Like the Body of Christ, the alliance is one body made up of many parts. Attorneys play different roles than church and ministry leaders. Non-profit volunteers play different roles than legislators. And business professionals play a different role than grassroots advocates. Each person must play his or her particular role, under one shared vision, to ensure that religious freedom thrives.
Securing Generational Wins that Change the Law and Culture
Here at Alliance Defending Freedom, we often talk about securing “Generational Wins” through our work in the courtroom and in the culture.
But what is a Generational Win? And why is it important?
A Generational Win achieves a significant victory changing the law and culture of the nation for a generation, and is sustained by deliberate action so that the victory endures for generations to come.
ADF is working to achieve these types of victories in five key areas. With God’s blessing (John 15:5) and the prayers and support of people like you, we can restore a culture in which:
- 1. Life is safeguarded.
- 2. Religious freedom prevails.
- 3. All can speak freely.
- 4. Marriage and family are protected.
- 5. Parental rights are guaranteed.
Building an Alliance for Victory
Decades ago, the legal and cultural threats to religious liberty began multiplying. And for many years, very few Christians were showing up to defend your God-given and constitutionally protected freedoms in court. As a result, those seeking to restrict your right to freely live out your faith were often successful in their efforts.
By funding cases, training attorneys, and successfully advocating for freedom in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion, Alliance Defending Freedom changed that.
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.
Winning nearly 80% of all cases.
Playing a role in 60 victories at the United States Supreme Court.
Advocating in hundreds of international legal matters affecting religious freedom.
Across the United States, Christians are being punished for living by their convictions. As current or former clients of Alliance Defending Freedom, the individuals in this video have experienced this firsthand. Join us as we defend these clients and protect their freedom to live consistent with their faith.
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: