Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness offers important new resources for faith leaders and faith communities to help you responsibly support those called by their faith and moral courage to speak out about government wrongdoing and abuses of power they witness in the workplace. Your validation and support of the brave role that truth-tellers—whistleblowers—play in upholding democracy by reporting serious misconduct is powerful and essential, as is wise counsel. Bearing Witness is here to help.

Many who witness immoral, unethical and illegal acts in government-associated workplaces will turn to clergy who, bound by strict legal and moral confidentiality, serve as important confidants. These situations are complex, and clergy need to be empowered and prepared to responsibly offer support to individuals seeking guidance about whether and how to report wrongdoing. Likewise, whistleblowers need their faith communities’ understanding and support for the essential role they play as catalysts of accountability and justice.

Launched by the leading whistleblower protection organization, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Government Accountability Project as part of its Democracy Protection Initiative, Bearing Witness offers free and reliable resources to clergy, faith leaders and faith communities so they can provide responsible support and connect potential whistleblowers with experts. The call to bear witness is nonpartisan, multifaith, and essential to a just world.

What Faith Leaders Need to Know

Working with whistleblowers is complex. Security and safety, vetting and legal support, staying private versus going public, psychological, emotional and spiritual health and more need taken into careful account. Bearing Witness offers free and reliable resources to clergy, faith leaders and faith communities so they can responsibly support those who witness immoral, unethical and illegal acts in government-associated workplaces and connect potential whistleblowers with experts. 

Who Are Whistleblowers


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We Help Truth-Tellers Bear Witness

As the leading whistleblower organization in the world for over 40 years, the nonpartisan and nonprofit Government Accountability Project, founded by ordained Methodist minister Louis Clark, has been on the forefront of increasing legal protections for whistleblowers across the U.S. and abroad. We stand ready to protect our nation’s democracy by providing pro bono counsel to support whistleblowers in exercising their rights to blow the whistle on serious abuses of public trust and to ensure their disclosures make a difference. 

Proven Representation

We have represented more than 8,000 whistleblowers and expanded whistleblower protections domestically and internationally.

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Know Your Rights

Since the whistleblower legal landscape is complicated, you should understand your rights, risks, and options before disclosing information to government investigators, Congress, and the public.

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Profound Impact

For over forty years, we have helped numerous high-profile clients serve the public good through the power of information, providing whistleblowers with expert legal and advocacy support to protect them while promoting accountability and reform. 

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The Democracy Protection Initiative is a program of Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization.

Government Accountability Project is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



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