In a changing society, rights of conscience are an individual’s last line of defense. The Conscience Project defends the dignity and worth of every human being by advancing these rights through public education in the media and amicus support in key religious freedom cases.


Andrea PIcciotti-Bayer is Director of the Conscience Project. A Stanford-educated lawyer, she has dedicated her legal career to civil rights and appellate advocacy. She got her start in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to leading the Conscience Project, Andrea served as the legal advisor for the Catholic Association, filing amicus briefs with federal courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court in crucial religious freedom cases.

Andrea is a legal analyst for EWTN News, a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register and frequent guest on EWTN’s News Nightly. In 2021, Andrea received First Place for Best Coverage — Religious Liberty Issues from the Catholic Media Association. Andrea’s writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review, Newsweek, CNN en Espanol and other well-regarded publications.

Andrea is a Media Fellow and Strategic Consultant at the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America.

Andrea lived in Colombia for over a decade. She has ten children and lives in the Washington, DC area.