Who runs MISSION NGO? Johnny Depp gets open letter of support from women’s abuse group

Who runs MISSION NGO? Johnny Depp gets open letter of support from women’s abuse group
Valeria Altobelli (L), founder of women's abuse organization MISSION NGO, issues public statement supporting Johnny Depp (C) in his defamation trial against Amber Heard (R). (mission.org_official/Instagram, Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

MISSION NGO, a women's abuse organization, has issued a public statement expressing their support for Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against Amber Heard. Valeria Altobelli, the organization’s president and founder, issued the statement on Friday, May 20 concerning the defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.

The statement reads, “Violence is a serious topic. As women, as mothers, we have the duty and the responsibility to educate our sons and daughters, that’s to say, the Future Generation, in the light of the values of dialogue, respect, and compassion between men and women, without any gender distinction, in order to prevent violence with the weapons of love and education.” It continued, “In deep respect of the victims of domestic abuses that we have to affirm for intellectual honesty are, generally, WOMEN, we feel to express, as women, as mothers, as free thinkers, our compassion for Johnny Depp in this bad page of his personal history,” the statement added. 


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What does MISSION NGO do?
According to their website, MISSION NGO is an international non-profit organization that uses education and advocacy to empower women and children across the world, defending their rights and protecting them from physical, sexual, and psychological violence. The non-profit organization is based in Italy with a global network of 150 nations that combats violence and abuse, regardless of gender, race, color, or age.


Who owns MISSION NGO? 
According to the organization’s website, MISSION NGO was founded by Valeria Altobelli, a former ‘Miss Italy,’ and is made up of hundreds of influential women who met as candidates in China's Miss World pageant. These incredible ladies are ambassadors for beauty, culture, and values, reaching millions of people throughout the world.


Valeria Altobelli, as a spokesperson for her organization, had penned the open letter addressing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s ongoing defamation trial. She clarified that “MISSION NGO women from all over the world stand against domestic violence, regardless of gender, age, or race. Our mission is to educate men and women, with no gender differences, to keep talking and living in the values of love, mutual comprehension, and sensitivity in order to prevent all kinds of violence, against women, against men, and against children."

"As women, we have compassion and we feel empathy not for THE star, THE talent, THE actor but for a man, a father, a worker, A HUMAN. Mental Health is something we have to care about to live in a positive environment where women and men can love and respect each other without any kind of abuse and violence. We are human and we have to find the HUMANITY we are born to live for,” the statement added.  

Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend 'The Danish Girl' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on September 12, 2015, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Depp is suing Heard for defamation over an op-ed she published in the Washington Post in 2018 in which she claimed she was a victim of sexual violence. Although she didn't mention Depp by name in the essay, Depp’s legal team claimed the article led to the image and career progression loss for the actor. Depp is suing for $50 million in damages, whereas Heard has countersued the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor for $100 million.

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