Angelina Jolie Takes Her Diplomatic Style Cues from Maleficent

Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, ended a 3-day trip to Peru on Tuesday with a press conference at the government palace in Lima and a meeting with Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio.

Though humanitarian Angelina is careful to distance herself from Hollywood actress Angelina, the Oscar winner took a couple cues from the latter, attending the conference in a long-sleeved black gown with lace detailing that we’re sure would do Maleficent proud.

Jolie traded her go-to Celine purse for a blue United Nations folder at the event. She wore her hair loose at her shoulders, her face-framing locks tucked behind her ears.

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The 43-year-old, who had met with Venezuelan refugees in the days prior, spoke of the Latin American migrant crisis affecting Peru. According to the UN, more than 1.9 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, 400,000 of which have taken up residence in Peru.

“Every Venezuelan I met described the situation in their country as desperate,” Jolie said during the press conference. “I heard stories of people dying because of a lack of medical care and medicine: cancer patients whose chemotherapy was abruptly stopped, diabetes sufferers without access to insulin, children without basic antibiotics, people starving, and tragic accounts of violence and persecution.”

“None of the Venezuelans I met want charity. They want an opportunity to help themselves,” she continued. “After having spoken to so many people, it is clear to me that this is not movement by choice … At a time when fundamental principles are being questioned, it is more important than ever that we have the systems and resources in place to identify people with genuine refugee and asylum claims, and to make sure that they have the support that they need. It is crucial to reinforce the rule of law, respect for human rights, international protection and asylum systems.”

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