Kim Kardashian returned to the White House to speak about prison reform on Thursday.
“It really is an honour to be here,” she said during a Presidential event on the “Second Chance” program for released inmates. Partnering with the rideshare industry, Kardashian called the support she’s received on the initiative to help former criminals to get to job interviews and to get to and from work “magic.”
“My whole journey with criminal justice reform started about a year ago when I came to see the president after speaking to Ivanka and Jared who really fought for me to get here,” she explained.
Kardashian was joined by two lawyers she’s been working for as part of her law school, teasing: “I’m so excited to announce some exciting things.”
The reality TV star praised U.S. President Trump in her speech: “Seeing the passion that he’s had for criminal justice has been really remarkable.”
Following her remarks, Trump said to the attorneys: “I can tell you this, if she’s your – two lawyers – she’s your assistant? She’s the highest paid assistant in history. There’s never been anything like it.”
Earlier in the day, the 38-year-old reality television star, who recently announced her decision to attend law school, revealed on Twitter that she would be attending the Second Chance Hiring and Re-Entry event at the White House in Washington.
The White House event focused on the First Step Act, which was passed in December in an attempt to reform the federal prison system of the United States.
Speaking about her involvement in the event on Twitter, Kardashian explained that she has been “speaking with people coming home from prison and learning about the challenges they are facing.”
The beauty entrepreneur, who sported a sleek bob and a teal blazer for the event, added that she was “honoured” to help announce that the U.S. “administration and the private sector are stepping up to create opportunities for these men and women to succeed once home.”
Kardashian spoke specifically on the “first people who will be released from prison as a result of the bill,” which she worked on with White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and his wife, who is the First Daughter and Advisor to POTUS on job creation and economic empowerment, workforce development and entrepreneurship, Ivanka Trump.
Kardashian later thanked Ivanka for her support:
Ahead of Kardashian’s address with U.S. President Donald Trump shortly after 4 p.m. ET, Ivanka spoke on the subject:
Also on hand for the visit were Kardashian’s mentors, lawyers/criminal justice advocates Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney, who are working with her during her legal apprenticeship. The pair are also founders of the organization #cut50, which aims to cut crime and incarceration in all 50 U.S. states.
“At the White House today, the #cut50 team was alongside business leaders, major influencers, cabinet officials, and the President to announce that those who are coming home as a result of the historic First Step Act will not face this journey alone,” said Jackson and Haney in a joint statement.
“Late last year, we fought tirelessly to pass this law, leading a bipartisan coalition of grassroots advocates, formerly incarcerated leaders, and Members of Congress,” their statement continues. “Since then, we’ve worked to ensure the Trump Administration and federal government follows through on fully funding and implementing the law. And now, for the sake of thousands of families in this country, we’re seeing that hard work begin to pay off for real people. Let’s keep this momentum going by making sure those who are coming out of federal prison are given support and empathy as they take the next step in their lives.”