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Every Contribution Helps IJ Fight for Americans’ Rights

The Institute for Justice protects the constitutional rights of all Americans. IJ defends ordinary people free of charge—and we win.

Since we took up the fight against civil forfeiture more than a decade ago, IJ has litigated dozens of forfeiture cases, secured the return of more than $21 million in wrongfully seized assets, and persuaded dozens of states to reform their forfeiture laws or even abolish civil forfeiture all together.

We will use your donation to file lawsuits, publish groundbreaking research, and conduct on-the-ground activism and bipartisan legislative advocacy against civil forfeiture and other abuses of government power.

“It’s a blessing to finally have my savings back so that I can invest it in my business. That the government could take my money, never charge me with a crime but hold onto my savings for so long is outrageous.”
IJ Client Jerry Johnson
Jerry lost his savings to civil forfeiture while traveling to buy a new truck for his business. IJ got his money back.

How Your Donation Helps

  • Your contribution enables us to represent our clients at no cost to them—and to stand with them no matter how long their cases take. And when we win for our clients, we secure precedent that protects the rights of all Americans.
  • IJ receives no money from the government. Our work is powered by nearly 10,000 supporters across the country who believe in the Constitution and the ideals it enshrines. 70% of our funding comes from individuals like you.
  • There is no better investment for defending liberty than IJ. We have litigated more than 400 cases on behalf of more than 1,200 people and turned once obscure issues like civil forfeiture and eminent domain abuse into subjects of national outrage. And IJ is a good steward of donor money, having received Charity Navigator’s top rating 20 years in a row.
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IJ has litigated 10 U.S. Supreme Court cases since 2002, including 8 victories.

IJ has a nearly 75% success rate through litigation and legislation.

IJ litigates nationwide, with more than 90 active cases in 32 states.