Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has spoken out about how the added media spotlight from her marriage to actor George Clooney has helped to raise awareness for the causes she champions through her international work.
Amal is currently representing the Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish group in Iraq, and calling for a formal investigation into the Islamic State for the crime of genocide.
“There is lots of my work that takes place behind closed doors that is not ever seen,” Amal said in a recent interview with BBC News at Six. “I think if there are more people who now understand what's happening about the Yazidis and ISIS, and if there can be some action that results from that, that can help those clients, then I think it's a really good thing to give that case the extra publicity that it may get.”
She adds that her newfound fame only helps if her work is rooted in credibility and just cause: “If you don’t have a good case and you don’t have a good message, then shining a light on it is not going to get you very far.”
Amal, 39, married the Ocean's 11 actor, 55, in 2014. The couple split their time between their homes in England, Italy and the U.S. She recently accompanied her husband to the 2017 Cesar Awards in Paris where George received the night's Honorary Award – thought all eyes were on Amal, who made a glamorous baby bump-debut in a custom Versace gown.
Amal and George are set to become first-time parents later this year. Speaking about fatherhood for the first time, George told Rencontres de Cinema, "We are really happy and really excited. It's going to be an adventure. We've sort of embraced it all…with arms wide open."
xx pic xx The couple are set to become first-time parents in the spring.
While the couple await the arrival of their bundles of joy, George admitted that he and his human rights lawyer wife are being more cautious where they travel these days. “We decided to be much more responsible, to avoid the danger,” he said. “I won’t go to South Sudan any more or the Congo, Amal will no longer go to Iraq and she’ll avoid places where she knows she isn’t welcome.”