Specifically, the movie star consulted with senators regarding the reauthorization of the Patrick Leahy and Orrin G. Hatch Justice for All Act, which works to ensure those who have been wrongly convicted of a crime have the ability to receive post-conviction representation and DNA testing.
“Currently, there’s no method within the federal government that provides crime victims with a right of access to their own records of crimes they experienced and reported,” Jolie said in a statement.
“This is an issue across the country. Survivors need their records of reporting crimes they or their children experienced to advocate for health and trauma care and for safety protections in family court systems and domestic violence civil protection orders,” she added.
According to the actress, “access to these records should be a right for all families.”
Jolie was snapped meeting with Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), alongside her daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt. It was also reported that she met with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
The actress is further said to have met with the White House Gender Policy Council on the trip, as well as other lawmakers, about priorities in an omnibus spending measure for fiscal 2023.
The actress was also present at President Joe Biden’s Tuesday signing of the Respect for Marriage Act.
In 2012, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees appointed Jolie as a special envoy. Within this role, she “focuses on major crises that result in mass population displacements, undertaking advocacy and representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level. She also engages with decision-makers on global displacement issues,” per the UNHCR.
Last year, the actress visited with the Biden administration and leaders on Capitol Hill about the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. “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. I’m grateful for these timely and valuable meetings with Senators, especially focused on provisions for children’s health,” she said in a statement at the time.