She's a renowned human rights lawyer who hasrepresented clients such as Nobel Peace Prize winnerand Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad, and WikiLeaksfounder Julian Assange. And now Amal Clooney hasbeen honored for her tireless and passionate workon behalf of refugees, those affected by conflict, and those in need of education.
The Global Citizen of the Year Award was bestowed on the Beirut-born mother-of-two at theannual UN Correspondents Awards on Wednesday, in a ceremony held in New York City. Theaccolade is a top prize given to a person working on solutions to various global issues, fromconflict and humanitarian disasters, peace and security to climate change, according to theawards website.
Wearing a navy and cream flowing J. Mendel gown, Clooney was accompanied by herHollywood actor and director husband George on the night, as well as her in-laws, Nick andNina Clooney.
Amal was appointed to her first UN commissions in 2013, including acting as an adviser toSpecial Envoy Kofi Annan on Syria, and first spoke at the UN in 2016, revealing why shechose to represent Iraqi activist Murad.
Together with husband George, the British-Lebanese lawyer has also been behind severalphilanthropic moves this year, with the couple pledging to donate US $100,000 through theirjustice foundation to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights in June.
They made the donation in an effort to help migrant children being forcibly separated fromtheir parents at the US-Mexico border, citing their duties as parents.