Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who serves as a UNHCR Special Envoy , was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (September 14) today to push for re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act and to advocate for the rights of women and children in the U.S. and abroad.
Jolie released a statement that said, “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 met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin of illinois.
The Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and sponsored by then-Senator Joe Biden, included provisions for federal level prosecution of interstate domestic violence and sexual assault crimes, as well as support for shelters, rape crisis centers and community organizations. It was last reauthorized in 2013 but expired in 2019, Deadline reported.
“I’m grateful for these timely and valuable meetings with Senators, especially focused on provisions for children’s health,” Jolie said in a statement.
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