SEATTLE — Amal Clooney might be most known for being married to Oscar winner, George Clooney, but there’s so much more to her story. As a child, her family escaped during the Lebanese Civil War to London where she attended school before attending New York University School of Law. As a human rights lawyer, she has represented high-profile people including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as well as imprisoned journalists and women abused under ISIS. She has also made it her mission to fight for refugees all over the world. Below are the top humanitarian quotes by Amal Clooney.
Top Humanitarian Quotes by Amal Clooney
2018 Commencement Speech to Vanderbilt grads
“Courage, as they say, is contagious. People who have had the courage to change their societies — in India, in South Africa, in the United States — inspire each other and create rights for future generations.”
At the 17th Annual Texas Conference for Women at the Austin Convention Center
“As women, there is a bond we all share. It’s not a bond of geography or culture, but of shared experience. There are struggles that only women face. The worst thing we can do as women is not stand up for each other. [But] if we are united, if we keep up the fight for each other’s rights, there is no limit to what we can do.”
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At the Watermark Conference For Women
“People don’t choose to become a refugee, they’re just victims of war and they are victims of circumstance. They were born in the wrong place at the wrong time and I think how we respond to that is a test of our humanity.”
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At the opening of a government communications summit in the United Arab Emirates
“My advice to you is not only to be vocal and consistent, but also to be principled in communications about human rights. The fourth suggestion I have is to be quick. Governments must be prepared to be transparent and get their message out first.”
2016 interview with NBC
“If you are a lawyer and you want to take on easier cases, you can prosecute traffic violations or something. You’d have a very high rate of success, and you probably could sleep more easily at night. But that’s not what drives me. I want to work on cases that I feel the most passionate about.”
Delivering the final lecture at the India Today Conclave 2016
“Protecting free speech is not only a matter of principle, it is also pragmatic. Locking up dissenters does not reduce dissent, it fosters it.”
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Clooney Foundation for Justice announcement to support refugee children in Lebanon “Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that. That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.” – Amal and George Clooney.
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– Andrea Rodriguez