Principled, Nonpartisan, Defending Your Rights

At a time when too many put partisanship over principle, FIRE continues to be a staunchly nonpartisan organization. With threats to expression coming from all sides, FIRE remains firmly planted on the side of free speech. And thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to put that principle into practice.

Since its inception in 1999, FIRE has defended thousands of individuals whose free speech rights were violated and secured policy reforms affecting the rights of millions more — all while advancing a culture of free expression.

Are you as fired up as we are about defending free speech? Join the movement with a gift to FIRE today. You’ll stand with more than 10,000 FIRE members who are fueling our mission nationwide.

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FIRE Plaintiff Hannah Zoulek
Daraius Dubash
Nothing is more powerful than being honest and open with people, and we’re standing up for our First Amendment rights that give us that voice.

Animal rights advocates sue after facing arrest

Public Advocacy

Daraius Dubash was arrested and handcuffed for two hours after peacefully demonstrating in a public park. The Law & Religion Clinic at the University of Texas and FIRE are suing to protect the constitutional right to speak freely in public parks.

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Agile, Aggressive Advocacy

When free speech is threatened, FIRE responds — and fast. We use every tool at our disposal to secure justice for those whose rights have been violated, and we hold bad actors accountable. We engage would-be censors through direct advocacy, use media outreach to shine a light on abuse, mobilize the public through take-action campaigns, and when appropriate, we file lawsuits.

FIRE Case Files

FIRE plaintiff Jeff Gray holds a sign reading "God bless homeless vets"
I have been harassed, trespassed, handcuffed and arrested countless times for peacefully exercising my First Amendment rights. My intention is to ensure that all Americans from the wealthiest millionaire to the poorest homeless person can exercise these rights without fear of consequence from our government.

Army vet arrested for holding ‘God Bless the Homeless Vets’ sign

Our Impact

Jeff Gray, a U.S. Army veteran and retired truck driver, has been repeatedly stopped, detained, searched, and arrested by the police. His alleged crime? Holding signs — in front of city halls across the United States. 

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Since 1999, FIRE has amassed more than 650 victories defending student and faculty rights on more than 300 campuses nationwide.


In 2023, FIRE actively litigated 23 cases.


In 2023, FIRE vetted nearly 2,400 case submissions involving individuals and groups who said their rights were threatened.


FIRE regularly reaches an audience of more than 800,000 email subscribers and social media followers.

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FIRE's College Free Speech Rankings are based on the voices of more than 55,000 students at more than 200 colleges and universities, and are designed to help parents and prospective students choose the right school.

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In 2023 alone, FIRE’s Campus Rights Advocacy team won 109 campus victories on behalf of students, faculty, and student groups whose rights were violated.


In 2023, FIRE’s Policy Reform team won 43 victories at 22 schools affecting more than 215,000 students.


FIRE launched 32 take-action campaigns on campus in 2023, mobilizing thousands of our supporters to write emails, sign petitions, and take other actions to pressure administrators to respect free expression.


FIRE’s Student Network boasts more than 8,700 members.

Kevin Gaughen
"The county’s actions are an outrageous infringement of Pennsylvanians’ First Amendment rights," said plaintiff Kevin Gaughen, a board member for Pennsylvania’s new Keystone Party. "We are filing this lawsuit to protect the First Amendment rights of everyone in Dauphin County."

Local Government Prohibits Political Activity in Public Park

Our Impact

The Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department prohibited a candidate and a board member of his political party from collecting signatures in a public park. The department’s actions are a clear violation of the duo’s First Amendment right to political expression.

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