The Clooney Foundation for Justice’s Refugee Resettlement program provides financial and other support for refugees who have been approved for entry into the US following the government’s security vetting, and to other victims displaced by war, to help them rebuild their lives.
We have been especially inspired by one of these refugees’ success this year: Hazim, a Yazidi who came to the United States from Iraq in January of 2017.
Since childhood, Hazim has wanted nothing more than to complete his education and go to college. Thanks to an incredible work ethic and fierce intelligence, Hazim was on track to do just that, when, in November of 2013, Al-Qaeda terrorists attacked and killed two Yazidi bus drivers transporting Yazidi students to the University of Mosul. Under threat of extraordinary violence, 2,000 Yazidis were forced to drop out of school, including Hazim. Through many hardships that followed, including a narrow escape from an ISIS attack on his village that resulted in the death, capture, or enslavement of over 530 people, Hazim never lost hope.
CFJ is very proud to support Hazim as he rebuilds his life in the United States. In 2017, Hazim was accepted into one of the premier universities in the United States, where he began his studies (once again) in September. In July of 2018, he was placed on the Dean’s List due to his superior academic performance during his freshman year. In August of 2018, he participated in a conference on global conflict; read more about it here and see his recorded remarks in the video below.
We are excited to see the impact he will make in his new community and beyond.
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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.