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Angelina Jolie Speech on Refugee and Immigrant Children (2005)

Angelina Jolie Speech on Refugee and Immigrant Children (2005)
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    Jolie stated that she first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001) in Cambodia. She contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for info...
    Jolie stated that she first became personally aware of worldwide
    humanitarian crises while filming Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001) in
    Cambodia. She contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for
    Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots.[66]
    To learn more about the conditions in these areas, Jolie began
    visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went
    on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and
    Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed.
    In the following months, she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and
    met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She covered all costs related
    to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living
    conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits.[66] Jolie was
    named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on
    August 27, 2001.[70]Since then, Jolie has been on field missions
    around the world and met with refugees and internally displaced
    persons in more than 30 countries.[71] Asked what she hoped to
    accomplish, she stated, Awareness of the plight of these people. I
    think they should be commended for what they have survived, not
    looked down upon.[68] Jolie aims to visit what she terms forgotten
    emergencies, crises that media attention has shifted away from.[72]
    She is noted for not shying away from traveling to areas that are at
    war[73] She visited the Darfur region of Sudan during the Darfur
    conflict in 2004;[74] Pakistan with Brad Pitt to see the impact of
    the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in 2005;[75] Chad during its civil war
    in 2007;[76] Iraq during the Second Gulf War in 2007 and
    2009;[77][78] Afghanistan during the ongoing war in 2008 and
    2011;[79] and Libya during the Libyan revolution in 2011.[80]After
    more than a decade of service as Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was
    promoted to the rank of Special Envoy of High Commissioner António
    Guterres on April 17, 2012. As Special Envoy, she represents the
    UNHCR and High Commissioner António Guterres at the diplomatic
    level and works to facilitate long-term solutions for people
    displaced by large-scale crises, such as Afghanistan and Somalia.
    This is an exceptional position reflecting an exceptional role she
    has played for us, said a UNHCR spokesman.[81]In addition to her
    work with the UNHCR, Jolie uses her public profile to promote
    humanitarian causes through the mass media. Her early field visits
    were chronicled in her book Notes from My Travels, which was
    published in conjunction with the release of her film Beyond Borders
    (2003). She filmed a 2005 MTV special, The Diary of Angelina Jolie
    amp; Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, portraying her and noted economist
    Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on a trip to a remote group of villages in Western
    Kenya. Jolie has also regularly released public service
    announcements promoting World Refugee Day and other causes.Over
    time, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on
    a political level. She has regularly attended World Refugee Day in
    Washington, D.C., and she was an invited speaker at the World
    Economic Forum in Davos in 2005 and 2006. She also began lobbying
    humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital, where she met with
    members of Congress at least 20 times between 2003 and 2006, during
    which she pushed for several bills to aid refugees and vulnerable
    children in the Third World and the United States.[70] She explained
    in 2006, As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington,
    thats the way to move the ball.[70] In 2007, she became a member of
    the Council on Foreign Relations.[82]Jolie has established several
    charitable organizations. In 2003, she founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt
    Foundation—named the Maddox Jolie Project until 2007—which is
    dedicated to community development and environmental conservation in
    Cambodias northwestern province Battambang.[83] In 2006, she
    partnered with the Global Health Committee to establish the Maddox
    Chivan Childrens Center, a daycare facility for children afflicted
    and affected by HIV in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.[84] That
    same year, she and her partner Brad Pitt founded the Jolie-Pitt
    Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes worldwide.[85] In 2007, Jolie
    and noted economist Dr. Gene Sperling founded the Education
    Partnership for Children of Conflict, which funds education programs
    for children affected by man-made or natural disasters.[86] In 2008,
    she collaborated with the Microsoft Corporation to establish Kids in
    Need of Defense, a pro bono movement of law firms, corporate law
    departments, NGOs and volunteers committed to providing legal
    counsel to unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S.[87] In 2010,
    she established the Jolie Legal Fellows Programme, which recruits
    lawyers to support governmental child protection efforts in Haiti.
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