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, specializing in institutional reform and also handling enforcement of federal civil rights laws in the Appellate Section.

Before leading the Conscience Project, Andrea served as the legal advisor for the Catholic Association, filing amicus briefs with the federal courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court in religious freedom cases involving the pro-life cause and the free exercise guarantee.

She serves as a legal analyst for EWTN News and is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Register. Andrea has also written for Newsweek, the Washington Post, CNN en Español, SCOTUSblog, the New York Post, RealClear, the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Public Discourse, the Spectator World, and Crux. Andrea is host of the National Catholic Register’s Religious Freedom Matters podcast.

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