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“Through our dedicated attorneys and supporters, we defend the rights of countless individuals, families and churches… without charge.”

– Brad Dacus

Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.

What Makes Pacific Justice Institute Unique?

• We handle more case matters defending faith and family on the West Coast than any other organization of our kind.

• We have tremendous leverage in our litigation budget with five offices throughout California, Oregon, and Washington and with the largest Affiliate Attorney Network on the West Coast – hundreds nationwide.

• Our goal is to make sure everyone gets help.

• We get involved in areas of law not typically handled by others.

Who We Can Help


A Christian Boarding School was unjustly raided by government officials in early 2019. The warrant was served based on false and outrageous claims. They found no wrongdoing. Instead of apologizing and leaving the school alone, California filed a lawsuit against the school and is now charging them $200 a day for being an “unlicensed group home.” A group home license would force the school to abandon biblical principles.  Pacific Justice Institute has filed a lawsuit against California in state and federal court for violating religious freedom.

Help us defend this school by donating to our work HERE.

Pacific Justice Institute receives thousands of requests for legal assistance every year and we defend the religious liberties of countless individuals – all without charge. We are fully funded by our generous supporters who believe in the importance of our work.

Take a moment to view a few stories from the people we’ve helped. We receive thousands of requests for assistance every year, and we don’t just defend people in need, but also equip them with resources to pro-actively protect themselves from persecution and discrimination before it happens. Watch more of these testimonials here:

Whether you are an individual, church leader, business leader, teacher, parent, or student who needs legal aid , we are here to help you defend your religious freedom, parental rights, or other civil liberties. Here are a few stories from our clients.

After her kindergarten daughter was exposed to transgender ideology in the classroom, this parent contacted us to stand up for the rights of her and other parents to protect their kids from inappropriate material at school.

Learn more about us here.

Eric Thompson was fired from his position as sociology professor at Moreno Valley College (MVC) for challenging his students to think critically. He encouraged lively discussions from different angles about gay marriage, sexuality, family and other social issues of our day. The MVC administration investigated him wrongly three separate times and eventually fired him. Eric contacted PJ for free legal help, and we challenged the administration, protected his civil rights and won back his job.

Learn more about us here.

Adelmo tells the story of how he was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace simply because he proclaimed his faith in a public place. PJI comes to his defense and prevents criminal charges from being filed.

Learn more about us here.

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Pacific Justice Institute - Sacramento Office

P.O. Box 276600
Sacramento, CA 95827-6600

Phone: (916) 857-6900  - Fax: (916) 857-6902  - Email:
Pacific Justice Institute - Orange County Legal Office

P.O. Box 11630
Santa Ana, CA 92711

Phone: (714) 796-7150
Pacific Justice Institute - SF Bay Area Legal Office

San Jose, CA

Phone: (510) 834-7273
Pacific Justice Institute - Oregon Legal Office

P.O. Box 5229
Salem, OR 97304

Phone: (503) 917-4409
Pacific Justice Institute - Washington Legal Office

P.O. Box 48011
Seattle, WA 98148

Phone: (206) 257-3239
Pacific Justice Institute - Riverside Media Office

Cal Baptist University

Phone: (714) 294-2205