This Wednesday, September 15, American actress Angelina Jolie visited the White House to urge the Government of Joe Biden to take measures against sexist violence. In the meeting with some representatives of the presidential headquarters, the new protagonist of Eternals, an upcoming Marvel Studios film, requested that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) be reinvigorated.
In front of the media, Jolie, one of the most recognized faces of Hollywood and current special envoy of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), expressed the need to produce greater efforts to educate, prevent and fight against gender violence in the North American country.
As reported by EFE, on Tuesday the 14th the celebrity met in the US Congress with different senators to express their concern about the absence of the regulations initially promulgated in 1994.
That day, Jolie had a conversation with Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer about the importance of VAWA’s return. This meeting was recorded in a photograph published by the politician through Twitter.
What is VAWA?
According to information from the Womens Law organization, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or Violence Against Women Act is a regulation that allows immigrant victims of gender violence to submit a request so that none of them depend on their aggressors and, in this way, they can legally regularize their immigration status.
What happened to this law in the government of Donald Trump?
In April 2019, during the administration of former President Donald Trump, conservative senators prevented VAWA from continuing by opposing a measure that prohibited those convicted of violence against women from obtaining and carrying firearms. Since Congress, they did not allow trans people to access different forms of protection against violence.
Although in March 2021, the House of Representatives of Parliament, mostly Democrats, voted in favor of the return of the validity of said law, the Republicans obstructed it until the measure was frozen in the United States Senate.