Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is officially taking ISIS to court.
This morning The Washington Post announced she will be representing 23-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Mudad - a survivor of ISIS sexual slavery - and victims of the Yazidi genocide.
Amal said in a statement:
“The European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the U.S. government and the U.K. House of Commons have all recognized that there is a genocide being perpetrated by IS against the Yazidis in Iraq.
“How can it be that the most serious crimes known to humanity are being carried out before our eyes but are not being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague?”
Amal appeared on “The Today Show” this morning explaining why she took on the case:
"(Nadia told me), ‘They abused me to a time until I fell unconscious'. She was burned with cigarettes, she just endured the most brutal acts known to humanity."
The pair also met with representatives from the United Nations where Amal spoke about the case:
She said was ashamed "that girls like Nadia could have their bodies sold and used as battlefields".
“I wish I could say that I was proud to be here, but I’m not. I’m ashamed as a human being that we ignore their cries for help.”
Nadia will act as a voice in the courtroom for the 5000 Yidiz people who were victims of genocide at the hands of ISIS.
Amal said on 'The Today Show' she had to discuss whether to take the case with her husband, actor George Clooney, due to the immense risk involved.
"This is no joke; this is ISIS. They have sent [Nadia] really specific threats saying, ‘We will get you back, we will do everything to you'. I met her, and I just thought, ‘I can’t walk away'. [George] met Nadia, too, and I think he was moved. He understands, I mean, this is my work."
Nadia told the New York Times:
“Amal and George received me at their home and opened for me their hearts.
"They listened passionately to my story, and Amal gifted me by representing my case. Amal gave me renewed hope by being my voice.”