CFJ is a partner of and provides significant financial support to The Sentry in order to enhance its capacity to combat human rights abuses by following the money that enriches human rights abusers in conflict-affected areas from northeast to central Africa.
The Sentry is an investigative team composed of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic experts who follow the dirty money and build investigative cases focusing on the corrupt transnational networks most responsible for Africa’s deadliest conflicts. By creating a significant financial cost to these kleptocrats through network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, and other tools, The Sentry aims to disrupt the profit incentives for mass atrocities and oppression, and creates new leverage in support of peace efforts and African frontline human rights defenders. The Sentry currently focuses its work in South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to use litigation to combat hate groups and violent extremists. Through a $1 million grant, CFJ has endowed a standing legal fellowship at the SPLC to allow young lawyers to contribute to the Center’s efforts to combat hate in the United States.
The SPLC is the premier U.S. nonprofit organization seeking to counter domestic hate groups and other extremists. Our partnership with SPLC will enhance the SPLC’s ability to combat hate groups and related abuses in the United States. We will also train the future generation of public-interest lawyers by enabling them to learn from the leading litigation organization in this area.
The SPLC is one of the leading organizations using impact litigation to protect the rights of vulnerable groups. For instance, in April, 2017, the SPLC filed suit against Andrew Anglin, the founder of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, in response to a campaign of anti-Semitic messages and threats against the plaintiff, Tanya Gersh. Earlier litigation against hate groups has included: a suit against the Imperial Klans of America and four Klansmen for a savage beating, resulting in a significant finding for the victim; a suit against Aryan Nations, resulting in a $6.3 million jury verdict and requiring the Aryan Nations to turn over its compound to the victims it had terrorized; and a 1996 suit against the Christian Knights of the KKK for a fire that destroyed a 100-year-old black church.
The SPLC has also launched the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, which provides legal representation to detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings. Recently, the SPLC filed suit against the Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency (ICE) for using false pretenses to obtain entry into individuals’ homes, and then seeking to detain and deport the families within.
We will continue to update this page on the important work and litigation being conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center supported by the SPLC-CFJ Legal Fellowship we have endowed.
In response to the family separation crisis at the U.S. border, the Clooney Foundation for Justice galvanized support for the work of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights—an organization focused on protecting unaccompanied children. CFJ not only provided direct support to the Young Center, but CFJ’s donation also helped to spur an unprecedented volume of follow-on contributions from individuals and institutions totaling $2.3 million. The Young Center will use these funds to grow its staff by one-third across eight locations around the country, thereby increasing the number of cases they can take on.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is developing the TrialWatch project to limit the use of the courts as a tool for oppression.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with UNICEF to advance educational opportunities for Syrian refugees.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has sponsored the resettlement of Syrian and Yazidi refugees in the United States and will continue to offer support and assistance.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with a variety of organizations to advance and protect the rights of victims and the vulnerable.