About Health Freedom Defense Fund

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Health Freedom Defense Fund(HFDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit | Federal Tax ID (EIN) 85-2629267


At Health Freedom Defense Fund, we stand for freedom, we stand for choice, and we stand for the most basic of human rights, bodily autonomy.

HFDF asserts that no person, business, institution, organization, or government has the right to force a person to put something into their body against their will. If any of those entities have or claim that power, we are not free and we do not live in a decent, moral, or just society. As has been agreed by all free nations for decades, the practice of ethical medicine requires prior, voluntary, and informed consent. Period.

HFDF leadership, staff, and our members all dream of inhabiting a world where the individual and his or her rights are not only acknowledged but respected above all else. One of our guiding principles is that two wrongs do not make a right and any society that will sacrifice one of its members in service to the greater good is not a society we want to embrace or support.

HFDF is founded upon the following ideals:

  • Health Freedom – We believe every person, by virtue of being a human being, is endowed with the right to determine the manner and methods of maintaining their health as well as the way to address it, should they become ill.
  • Integrity – We are committed to our mission based on honesty, self-awareness, and what is ethical and moral.
  • Freedom – We are committed to upholding the natural right every human being possesses to live their lives according to their conscience.

We work to educate and advocate for these foundational principles to a free society and we defend them in the courts when necessary.

In this vein, we encourage everyone to stand up for their rights, and to do so peacefully and nonviolently.

We are living through unprecedented and challenging times but bear in mind Gandhi’s wise words, “Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”


Of all the basic rights that human beings possess, none is more sacred than that of bodily autonomy. Defense of this most fundamental of human rights is the primary mission of Health Freedom Defense Fund.

HFDF educates individuals about the primacy of the individual and ethical principles such as informed consent as a means of advancing society to a place where every individual is free to pursue education, employment, worship, or participate in society free of coercion, threat, or pressure for his or her personal health care choices.

Health Freedom Defense Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which seeks to protect and advance health freedom, educating Americans on informed consent, advocating for human rights and bodily autonomy for all people, and legally challenging unethical mandates, laws, and policies when necessary.


Leslie Manookian, MBA, M.L.C. Hom is president and founder of Health Freedom Defense Fund. She is a former successful Wall Street business executive. Her career in finance took her from New York to London with Goldman Sachs. She later became Director of Alliance Capital in London running their European Growth Portfolio Management and Research businesses.

Leslie is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker. In 2011 she released The Greater Good to rave reviews and awards; a documentary she wrote and produced, which explores the debate surrounding vaccines. This impactful film brings increased awareness to this issue and the importance of health freedom.

Protecting Americans medical and health freedoms inspired Leslie to found Health Freedom Defense Fund. After observing the trampling of our constitutionally protected, inalienable rights for the past two decades, she was filled with trepidation as 2020 unfolded, aware of various pieces of legislation in place which would facilitate further erosion of the rights of Americans. HFDF was the result.

Leslie’s and HFDF’s mission rests on the foundational principle that bodily autonomy is the most sacred and precious of human rights and must be fervently guarded. Leslie and HFDF endeavor each and every day to instill that notion in the public consciousness and codify it in law.

VIDEO: Leslie Manookian’s interview with Dr. Tom Cowan, sharing her personal journey through serious vaccine injury that led her to stand up in the fight to gain back our precious health and medical freedoms.