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Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively donate $2M to help migrant children, social justice

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are donating $2 million to a pair of causes: social justice and the rights of migrant children separated from their families.

One million dollars will go to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) the organization announced Wednesday. The donation, the group says, will be used to support “efforts to strengthen our democracy and advance racial justice.”

The money will also go to “deepening efforts to protect against voter suppression in the south,” the NAACP LDF said.

{mosads}The other $1 million from the married former stars of “Gossip Girl” and “Deadpool,” respectively, will establish a fund at the Young Center for Immigrant Children to “protect the rights of immigrant children separated from their families.”

The creation of the fund, according to the nonprofit, will help “ensure that attorneys, social workers, and volunteers defend the rights and best interests of immigrant children who migrate to the United States by themselves or have been forcibly taken from their parents.” It is also aimed at fighting “the administration’s continued attacks on immigrant children’s rights,” a statement announcing the donation said.

It’s not the first time the Young Center has been on the receiving end of a donation from a high-profile performer — George Clooney and his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney, gave $100,000 to the nonprofit last year. 

When asked her thoughts on the Trump administration in 2017, 32-year-old Lively said, “There’s a lot that’s worrying me as a woman, as a mother, and not just that, but as a human being who cares about other human beings and our rights and our liberties and what we value.”

Reynolds, who was born in Vancouver, said shortly after President Trump’s 2016 victory that it was a “very frightening time” in the United States.

“I can understand so much of the fear that comes from this huge portion of the population that’s going to feel disenfranchised and that’s experiencing a tremendous amount of anxiety about their future,” Reynolds, 42, told Variety at the time. “Minority groups, women, LGBTQ communities — those are all communities that I think are rightfully very afraid for the moment and I’m afraid with them and for them.”

—Updated at 1:32 p.m.

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