Thursday, May 5, 2016







05/06/2016 AT 08:10 PM EDT
 
If directing, acting, being married to Brad Pitt – and oh yeah, raising six kids – isn't enough, Angelina Jolie Pitt's schedule is getting even busier.

The longtime Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency has been expanding her humanitarian work thanks to a partnership with two British foreign policy experts, Chloe Dalton and Arminka Helic, who she first collaborated with four years ago while working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, to end war zone rape.

Since then, the trio have set up a partnership – called Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic – to work on issues ranging from women's rights to refugee issues, health, education, international justice, and violence against women. "We have been officially working together for a year and are very much looking forward to continuing our joint efforts on our shared international interests," Jolie Pitt tells PEOPLE.

Bosnian-born Helic, who was a Special Adviser to former U.K. Foreign Minister William Hague, was nominated to the House of Lords and named a Baroness in 2014. Dalton was most recently Special Adviser to the U.K. Foreign Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Last month the three women visited the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where Helic is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims.

In March, Jolie Pitt returned to Lebanon, where she reunited with teenage Syrian refugee Hala, who befriended her daughter Shiloh during a 2015 trip to the refugee camp in the Bekka Valley.

Prior to that, Jolie Pitt, Helic and Dalton traveled to Burma ahead of he country's national elections, where Jolie Pitt joined leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the campaign trail and talked to members of the Burmese Army about sexual violence in conflict areas.

Next up is a visit to the BBC in London on May 16 as part of a day of events to find solutions to the global refugee crisis, where Jolie Pitt will deliver the keynote speech.



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Angelina Jolie Has a Political 'Mentor' as She Prepares for Possible Government Role


Angelina Jolie is part of another power duo.

A source exclusively reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly that the actress, 40, has "struck up a close friendship" with British House of Lords member Baroness Arminka Helic.

The insider explains the Unbroken director, who moved to London with husband Brad Pitt and their six children in February, "is readying herself for what could be a full-time commitment with the British government."

Adds the source, "Arminka helps Angelina make decisions about her next political move. Angie considers her a mentor."

 The political pals' relationship dates back to 2012 when Helic was an aide to British foreign secretary William Hague. The actress and Hague had partnered on an anti-sexual violence initiative that year. In September 2015, Jolie and Helic, 48, cowrote an article for The Times asking the world to stand in solidarity to help Syrian refugees.

Now, as Jolie is preparing for a greater role in the political realm, she is trusting her new council entirely — and including her in family events. The source adds that Helic even spends time with Jolie and Pitt’s six children.


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