George and Amal Clooney donated $100,000 to facilitate children who were separated from their families at the United States and Mexico border.
According to a press release on Wednesday, the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, located in University of Chicago, announced that they received a huge donation from the Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ).
The Center is a human rights organization that protects and advances the concerns of migrant children who were separated from their families on the U.S-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy led to an international uproar. On Tuesday, Trump said, “I don’t want children taken away from parents, and when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally — which should happen — you have to take the children away.”
On the same day, the Department of Homeland Security claimed that over 2,000 children were snatched away from their parents because the Justice Department can not charge children for their parent’s mistakes.
The human rights group were grateful to CFJ and wrote on Facebook, “We are thrilled and honored to have their support and promise to keep fighting our hardest on behalf of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in custody from Texas to New York, from Phoenix to Chicago.”
The co-Presidents of CFJ, George and Amal Clooney, said in a statement, “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. We can’t change this Administration’s policy but we can help defend the victims of it.”
The Executive Director of the Center, Maria Woltjen, also spoke on the topic of Trump’s policy and added that brutal treatment towards children is a clear breach of human rights. She said, “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.”
This is not the first time the CFJ helped out with issues around the world. From 2017 to 2018, the Foundation financed eight public schools to open in Lebanon for the Syrian refugee children. The CFJ wanted to provide high quality education and learning hence they implemented advanced technology in those public schools in order to accelerate the overall learning results.
Besides education, CFJ also facilitated innocent refugees and victims, who had been displaced by chaotic wars, and aided them to revamp their lives from scratch.
Another project, TrialWatch, was aimed at monitoring trials to promote fairness in the courtroom, especially those trials that were associated with a high risk of human rights violations.
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