As the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from immigrant parents continues to fuel outrage in the U.S., Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds are doing something to help protect the rights of these incarcerated children.
According to a joint announcement from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, each organization received a $1 million donation from the couple.
Their donations, the announcement explains, will support the organization’s “ongoing and expanded efforts to strengthen our democracy and advance racial justice,” while their gift to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights “will help to establish the Waymaker Fund for Immigrant Children, which will protect the rights of immigrant children separated from their families.”
“We’re blown away by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Young Center’s commitment to not only justice and democracy, but humanity,” said Lively and Reynolds in a statement. “Over the last few years, our perspective has grown and we’ve realized we have to do everything possible to foster more compassion and empathy in this world. History’s being written right now. We’re grateful to give back to organizations who give voice to so many.”
LDF president and director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifill added: “LDF is thrilled to receive this generous gift from Blake and Ryan. We have been impressed by the strength of their commitment and support, and by their sincere and deep concern about the issues that lie at the core of LDF’s work. They are among an increasing circle of artists and everyday people who recognize that each of us must play a role in protecting and strengthening our democracy, and who understand that racial justice is central to the integrity of our nation. We extend our gratitude to Blake and Ryan and encourage others to follow their lead.”
“We are so deeply grateful for this extraordinary gift from Blake and Ryan,” said Maria Woltjen, executive director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. “Their donation will help ensure that the most vulnerable immigrant children — who are in detention facing deportation — will have an advocate to protect their rights and their best interests. Children are escaping rampant violence and persecution to seek safe haven in the U.S. The Waymaker Fund for Immigrant Children, created with this gift, is needed now more than ever. We are so moved by Blake and Ryan’s kindness and their generosity.”