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Kim Kardashian takes center stage at White House criminal justice event

Kim Kardashian takes center stage at White House criminal justice event

President Trump made remarks at the event that was focused on Second Chance hiring, or employing individuals who have criminal backgrounds.

She also announced a proposal under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform law President Trump signed into law in December.

"It really is an honor to be here", Kardashian said.

She was thanked by the president on arrival and sat front row for the event alongside Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

Speaking at the event on Thursday, she announced a new ride share partnership with Lyft, which will give them gift cards to allow them to get rides to and from interviews. "After that I really spent so much time going to different prisons 'cause I really had no connection to anybody on the inside and really just felt like, for me, I'm at the place in my life that I wanted to make a difference and just wanted to do the right thing, but I didn't know how or what to do or even really what was going on", the mom of four said.

"[Criminal justice reform] is so important, so needed and I just want to thank the president for really standing behind this issue", Kardashian added.

Kardashian spoke after several men in prison spoke about how the program had helped them since getting out of prison.

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"I've seen some comments from people who are saying it's my privilege or my money that got me here, but that's not the case".

Despite publicly endorsing Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, Kardashian has shown a willingness to work with Trump, and has credited her interactions with the administration for her newly found role as an activist. Shortly after Kardashian West's meeting with the president about Johnson, the president commuted the grandmother's sentence.

Kim Kardashian West tweeted her gratitude toward Ivanka Trump Thursday after speaking at the White House on behalf of those attempting to return to the workforce after prison.

Kim Kardashian attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, Calif.

She also quietly bankrolled a successful campaign to free 17 federal inmates serving life sentences for low-level drug crimes.

She next discussed visiting prisons, meeting with inmates and learning about their personal stories, which inspired her to pursue a law degree and work to help prisoners and newly released ex-cons find opportunities and jobs in communities.