Human Rights Lawyer Amal Clooney Is Taking ISIS to Court
George Clooney and his wife Amal had to seriously consider the risks involved when the attorney took on terrorist group ISIS on behalf of a human trafficking survivor. The British human rights attorney is no stranger to tackling high-profile or controversial causes, but now she is fighting to bring leaders of terror organization ISIS to trial on behalf of Nadia Murad, who managed to escape life as a sex slave for the radical Islamic group.
Murad, whose mother and brothers were brutally killed when ISIS fighters invaded her village in Iraq in the summer of 2014, has been campaigning for justice for her Yazidi community. On Friday, she was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for her continued efforts. Amal Clooney is representing Murad, now 23, in her international legal battle, and the attorney admits she discussed the potential safety risks of the case with her actor husband before taking the job. “This is something I discussed with my husband before I would take on something like this,” Clooney told NBC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden. “We did discuss it. And we are aware of some of the risks involved, of course. “He met Nadia too and I think he was moved for the same reasons and he understood. I mean, this is my work.” After McFadden noted how brave Clooney was to take on the fight, she responded, “I don’t think anyone can feel that they’re being courageous compared to what Nadia is doing. “You know, It’s no joke. This is ISIS,” she explained, in an interview which aired on Today Monday. “They have sent her really specific threats, saying we will get you back…” Clooney admits she couldn’t just “walk away” from the “harrowing” case because the horrific details of Murad’s time in captivity really rocked her to her core. “I can’t imagine anything worse being done by one human to another,” she commented, revealing the girl was repeatedly subjected to gang rape and was burned with cigarettes. And Clooney makes it clear this is no ordinary human rights case, adding, “You can’t kill an idea that way. I think one of the ways to take action against that is to expose their brutality and corruption and partly, you can do that through trials.” Reiterating her admiration for Murad, who aims to use her new U.N. position to raise awareness about ISIS sex crimes, she concluded, “When I ask people, ‘What do you think of what Nadia’s doing and what does she mean to you?’ They say, ‘She’s our mother, our sister, she’s our voice, she’s our hope.’ It’s a great responsibility but I think what she’s doing is amazing.”