Angelina Jolie visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday and met with senators to discuss the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, 27 after it was signed into law.
Jolie also took the opportunity to thank Capitol Officer Harry Dunn, who protected politicians during the January 6 riot and testified in Congress about his experience during the insurrection.
A picture of Jolie standing next to Dunn was shared on Twitter.
Jolie also met with Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer to talk about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton in 1994, but lapsed in 2019.
Sen. Charles Schumer meets Angelina Jolie on Capitol Hill on September 14. Jolie met with Democratic leadership in the Senate to discuss the future of the Violence Against Women Act
Angelina Jolie visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday and met with Senators. Jolie also took the opportunity to thank Officer Harry Dunn, who was on the Capitol during the January 6 riot
The Oscar-winning star visited the Capitol to urge senators to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed in 1994, but lapsed in 2019
Apart from having a successful career in Hollywood, Jolie has been a longtime advocate of several humanitarian causes.
‘I’m in DC leading up to the VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, and other important protections and rights.
‘I’ve met with experts for years now, learning about best practices including non-biased forensic evidence collection, and advocating for improvements,’ Jolie said in a statement.
‘I’m grateful for these timely and valuable meetings with senators, especially focused on provisions for children’s health,’ she added.
The VAWA was introduced by President Biden when he was a senator.
In March, the House of Representatives passed legislation to restore it.
If approved, the act would give funding to states that make dealing with sexual assault and domestic abuse a priority.
Sen. Schumer thanked the actress for her visit and share pictures of their meeting on Twitter
Jolie reportedly asked senators to consider expanding the act to cover abuse targeted at children and ‘prioritize children’s health and safety in legal responses to trauma, including through judicial training and advancements in forensic evidence collection.’
Sen Schumer thanked the Maleficent star on Twitter.
‘Thank you to Angelina Jolie for coming in today to talk about the fight to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate and how we can help support research on diagnosing injuries from domestic violence and child abuse to help survivors,’ Schumer said.
Senator Whip Dick told Forbes that Jolie was ‘very serious-minded’ and knew a lot about the subject.
Jolie has been deeply involved in social causes. She made her Instagram debut in August, right after the US withdrew its forces from Afghanistan.
Angelina Jolie walks through the Capitol after meeting with Senate Democratic leadership about the future of the Violence Against Women Act
‘Thank you to Angelina Jolie for coming in today to talk about the fight to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate and how we can help support research on diagnosing injuries from domestic violence and child abuse to help survivors,’ tweeted Sen. Schumer
Actress and activist Angelina Jolie rides the Senate Subway out of the Capitol after meeting with Senate Democratic leadership
On her first Instagram post, Jolie shared ‘A Letter from an Afghan Girl,’ an account of the consequences of the Taliban taking power for women and girls in the country.
‘I was on the border of Afghanistan two weeks before 9/11, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. This was twenty years ago.
‘It is sickening to watch Afghans being displaced yet again out of the fear and uncertainty that has gripped their country.
‘To spend so much time and money, to have blood shed and lives lost only to come to this, is a failure almost impossible to understand, weighed in Jolie.
‘Watching for decades how Afghan refugees – some of the most capable people in the world – are treated like a burden is also sickening.
‘Knowing that if they had the tools and respect, how much they would do for themselves. And meeting so many women and girls who not only wanted an education, but fought for it.
‘Like others who are committed, I will not turn away. I will continue to look for ways to help. And I hope you’ll join me, ‘ she concluded.
Apart from having a successful career in Hollywood, Jolie has been a longtime advocate for several humanitarian causes.
She has visited refugee camps since she was in her 20s, and is an United Nations Special Envoy.