American actress Angelina Jolie on Tuesday asked United States senators to act urgently to re-enter into force a law that for decades served to combat gender violence, a Democratic source told Efe.
The Hollywood star, known for her involvement in humanitarian causes, held several meetings with Democratic senators, including the leader of that party in the Senate, Chuck Schumer.
The meeting with Schumer lasted a little less than half an hour and during that time the senator informed the actress of the work that the Democrats are doing in the Upper House to re-enter a law known in English by its acronym, VAWA, that in the past it served to finance programs against gender violence.
That legislation came into effect in 1994, under the government of Democrat Bill Clinton, and from time to time Congress would again endorse the law and expand protections for certain groups, such as same-sex couples or some undocumented immigrants.
However, in April 2019, under the Administration of Republican Donald Trump (2017-2021), the rule ceased to be in effect because conservatives refused to include protections for transgender people and did not want to support a provision that prohibited acquiring firearms. fire those convicted of a crime of gender violence.
In March of this year, the Democratic majority of the House of Representatives voted in favor of the entry into force of the law, but the matter has been stalled in the Senate due to the blockade of the Republicans.
After meeting with Jolie, Schumer posted some photos on his Twitter account.
In the images, the senator is seen shaking hands with Jolie and chatting with her on a blue sofa in his office in the Senate.
In one of the photos, you can see that the senator is wearing purple socks, matching his tie and with blue and red flames, in contrast to the stark outfit of the actress.
“Thank you to Angelina Jolie for coming today to speak about the fight to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate and how we can assist in the investigation into the diagnosis of domestic violence and child abuse injuries in order to help survivors,” Schumer said on Twitter.
Jolie has acted as a special envoy for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and has led various campaigns against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.