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Our Issues

  • School Choice

    School choice is simply the idea that all parents, regardless of means, should enjoy the freedom to choose what schools their children attend.

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  • Economic Liberty

    The right to earn a living in the occupation of your choice without unnecessary government interference is at the heart of the American Dream.

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  • First Amendment

    We seek to defend the free flow of information—information that is indispensable to our democratic form of government and to our free enterprise economy.

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  • Private Property

    Respecting the right of private property is essential to a just and prosperous society. But government at all levels—local, state and federal—routinely infringe on these rights.

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IJ By the Numbers

4 Litigation Pillars

  • Economic Liberty
  • Property Rights
  • School Choice
  • Free Speech

Support

  • 92% from individuals
  • 8% from foundations

5 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002, including 4 victories

IJ is currently litigating 43 cases in 26 states and Washington, D.C.

  Active Cases |   Closed Cases

7 offices

95 employees, including 43 attorneys

Attorneys

Staff

1040 Partners giving $1,000 or more each year

Over 8,000 individual donors

= 25 donors

$20 million budget in FY16

FY15 Budget Breakdown

83%: Programs
10%: Management
7%: Development

75 legislative reforms secured

40 national awards for communications

70%

Success Rate

Through litigation and legislation

IJ strategic research cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and in 162 articles in scholarly, law, and policy publications.

64 eminent domain projects and blight designations defeated by IJ activism.

Behind the Scenes at IJ

  • Forfeiture victory!

    IJ attorney Dan Alban with client Eh Wah and fellow bandmates. They partnered with IJ to challenge the  civil forfeiture of more than $53,000. The seized assets included cash donations made to a Thai orphanage and funds being raised for a school in Burma by the Klo & Kweh Music Team, a Christian rock band on a five-month tour of Karen churches across the U.S.  The money has now been returned.

  • IJ works with New Jersey home bakers

    New Jersey is one of two states that bans the sale of home-baked goods. IJ activists met with nearly 50 home bakers from the Garden State to discuss their right to economic liberty and formulate a plan to pass a bill currently pending in the state legislature which would allow these food entrepreneurs to get to work.

  • Oral Argument in Minn.

    IJ attorneys Anthony Sanders and Meagan Forbes with clients Jacki and Jason Wiebesick addressing the media after today’s oral argument in Minn.

  • Activism Team Victory

    With our Activism Team’s help, the Kentucky Senate just unanimously passed SB 269.  KY braiding entrepreneurs are required to obtain 1,800 hours of irrelevant cosmetology training in order to legally braid hair.  This bill would exempt braiders from that requirement.  On to the House! (pictured:  IJ’s Christina Walsh, the braiders, the bill sponsors, and AFP).

  • Forfeiture victory!

    Taken moments after IJ attorney Rob Johnson (far right) was told  that our civil forfeiture client was getting back all of his seized money.

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