Angelina Jolie leaves after a news conference in
Washington April 26, 2007 to announce the formal launch of Global Action for
Children (GAC), an advocacy organization dedicated to orphans' and children's
Angelina Jolie, helping an orphans advocacy group establish its headquarters
in the nation's capital, pushed Thursday for more U.S. aid for education in
"This is a happy day because it is not often enough that these children are
represented in this town," Jolie said to a room crowded with cameras and
Jolie appeared with four others to open the Washington headquarters of Global
Action for Children, a nonpartisan advocacy group formed in 2003.
The group, supported by a collection of charities, religious groups and
nongovernmental organizations, wants the Bush administration to commit an
additional $2.5 billion a year to education and to aiding orphans in developing
"The crisis has far outpaced the funding," said Jennifer Delaney, the group's
Jolie said orphan children sometimes beat the odds and survive but often are
enslaved, resort to prostitution or are forced to become child soldiers. She
said vulnerable children could be recruited to terrorist organizations.
"Our government has the power to choose which path these children are going
to take," Jolie told reporters at the National Press Club. "We know the
consequences of our inaction."
Jolie has adopted three orphan children, but said any help that people in the
U.S. can offer is better than nothing. "The best solution for anyone who is
abandoned or displaced is to be home (in their own countries)," Jolie said. "I
would support that first and foremost."
Jolie demurred when asked if her cause might be better served if she became
more political or ran for elective office. "I certainly don't think anybody
wants that," she said, laughing.