Angelina Jolie visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday and thanked officers who had lost their colleagues after defending politicians against the uprising during the Jan. 6 riots, while calling for renewed approval of the Violence Against Women Act.
Jolie took the opportunity to thank Capitol Officer Harry Dunn, who testified in Congress after being called racist and physically assaulted during the uprising.
A photo of Jolie standing next to Dunn was shared on Twitter.
Dunn lost fellow officer Brian Sicknick, who was dealt two blows a day after he stopped rioters from entering the Capitol and harming lawmakers.
Four other officers on duty during the January riots died by suicide after defending the site.
Officers Gunther Hashida, Jeffrey Smith, Howard Liebengood and Kyle deFreytag took their lives in the months following the attack.
Jolie also met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss the re-approval of the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed by President Clinton in 1994 but expired in 2019.
Angelina Jolie visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday and met with senators. Jolie also took the opportunity to thank Officer Harry Dunn, who was at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots.
Officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes a day after he prevented rioters from entering the Capitol and harming lawmakers
Four other officers on duty during the January riots died by suicide after defending the site. Pro-Trump rioters breached security perimeter and forced their way into the US Capitol to protest Electoral College votes that would confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the winner in Washington
“I’m in DC leading up to VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, and other important protections and rights.
“For years I have met experts, learned about best practices, including collecting unbiased forensic evidence, and advocated for improvements,” Jolie said in a statement.
“I am grateful for these timely and valuable meetings with senators, especially focused on child health facilities,” she added.
The VAWA was introduced by President Biden when he was a senator.
In March, the House of Representatives passed legislation to reinstate it.
If passed, the law would provide funding to states that make tackling sexual and domestic violence a priority.
sen. Schumer thanked the actress for her visit and shared photos of their meeting on Twitter
In addition to a successful career in Hollywood, Jolie has been a long-time supporter of various humanitarian causes.
sen. Charles Schumer meets Angelina Jolie on Capitol Hill on September 14. Jolie met Democratic leadership in the Senate to discuss the future of the Violence Against Women Act
Jolie has reportedly asked senators to consider extending the law to include abuses targeting children and “prioritize children’s health and safety in legal responses to trauma, including through judicial training and advances in forensic evidence gathering.” ‘.
Sen. Schumer thanked the Maleficent star on Twitter.
“Thank you Angelina Jolie for coming today to talk about the battle to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate and how we can help support research into diagnosing domestic violence and child abuse injuries to help survivors,” said Schumer. .
Senator Whip Dick told Forbes that Jolie was “very serious” and knew a lot about the subject.
Jolie has been deeply involved in social affairs. She made her Instagram debut in August, right after the US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan.
Angelina Jolie walks through the Capitol after meeting with Democratic Senate leaders about the future of the Violence Against Women Act
“Thank you Angelina Jolie for coming today to talk about the battle to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate and how we can help support research into diagnosing domestic violence injuries and child abuse to help survivors,” senator tweeted. Schumer
Actress and activist Angelina Jolie rides Senate Subway out of the Capitol after meeting with Democratic Senate leadership
On her first Instagram post, Jolie shared “A Letter from an Afghan Girl,” an account of the impact of the Taliban takeover on women and girls in the country.
“Two weeks before 9/11, I was on the border of Afghanistan, where I met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. This was twenty years ago.
“It is sickening to see Afghans once again being driven out of fear and insecurity that grips their country.
“To spend so much time and money, spilling blood and losing lives to achieve this is a failure almost incomprehensible,” Jolie weighed.
“It is also sickening to watch for decades how Afghan refugees – some of the most capable people in the world – are treated like a burden.
Knowing that if they had the tools and the respect, how much they would do for themselves. And meeting so many women and girls who not only wanted education, but fought for it.
“Like others who are devoted, I will not turn away. I will continue to look for ways to help. And I hope you’ll join me,” she concluded.
In addition to a successful career in Hollywood, Jolie has been a long-time advocate for various humanitarian causes.
She has visited refugee camps since she was in her 20s and is a United Nations Special Envoy.