George and Amal Clooney Are Donating $100,000 to Help Migrant Children

"We can't change this administration's policy, but we can help defend the victims of it."
  • The Clooney Foundation for Justice is donating $100,000 to help migrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • George and Amal's donation benefits the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights at the University of Chicago.
  • Between April and May, around 2,000 children were separated from their families, and that number is likely higher now.

George and Amal Clooney are stepping up in a big way to help migrant children who were separated from their parents at the border. On Wednesday, they announced that their Clooney Foundation for Justice donated $100,000 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, a human-rights group that advocates for immigrant children.

“At some point in the future our children will ask us: is it true, did our country really take babies from their parents and put them in detention centers? And when we answer yes, they’ll ask us what we did about it. What we said. Where we stood,” Amal said in a statement. “We can’t change this administration’s policy, but we can help defend the victims of it.”

Amal and George Clooney with Nancy Pelosi at the March for Our Lives.

This is just the latest philanthropic effort to come from the Clooneys’ foundation. They have also partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups, worked with UNICEF to help Syrian refugees get an education, started a trial monitoring program to keep tabs on human rights violations, and sponsored the resettlement of Syrian and Yazidi refugees in the United States. They also donated $500,000 to the March for Our Lives after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and showed up to the event in Washington in March.

The Young Center encourages people to take action against family separation by contacting elected officials, participating in a march on June 30, and signing up to be a volunteer child advocate.

“This Administration’s policy disregards international law and basic principles of human decency. To treat children in such a cruel manner not only violates their legal rights but also their basic needs,” Maria Woltjen, the executive director of the Young Center. “We are doing everything we can to advocate on behalf of the thousands of children who are separated and alone, and we are grateful for the generous support of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice—it could not be more vital at this time.”


From: Harper's BAZAAR US

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