WATCH: Trump and Kim Kardashian West Announce Second-Chance Hiring, Re-entry Program, and Ride-Sharing Partnership With Lyft to Help Former Prisoners Succeed

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Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian West. President Donald Trump listens to Kim Kardashian West, who is among the celebrities who have advocated for criminal justice reform, speak during an event on second chance hiring in the East Room of the White House, in Washington
Trump Criminal Justice, Washington, USA – 13 Jun 2019

In her recent appearance at the White House, Kim Kardashian West has announced a new ride-sharing partnership, which will help provide former inmates with transportation to and from job interviews and jobs.

While giving his opening remarks on Thursday, President Donald Trump acknowledged the role the reality star, 38, had in advocating for the passage of the First Step Act, which was signed into law in December. The bipartisan legislation focused on divisive issues, including sentencing reforms and an expansion of programs focused on helping prisoners not re-offend such as job training.

“Jared [Kushner] and Ivanka [Trump] were incredible, they really pushed it. And I think they were pushed a little bit by Kim Kardashian. So thank you, Kim. And Kanye [West], thank you,” he added, acknowledging both the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 38, who was sitting in the audience between Ivanka and Jared, as well as her rapper husband, who has been an outspoken supporter of the president.

After several minutes, Trump went on to introduce Kardashian West, teasing that the star would be making an “exciting announcement.”

“I’d like to invite up a very special guest, and a powerful advocate for not only justice reform, but just a good person and I hear she’s starting to study law, she’s also one of the most successful people in the entertainment business, soon she’ll be one of the most successful lawyers,” he shared. “But I knew her father and I’ll tell you, she’s got good genes — good genes for everything. She’s been a real friend and her husband has been a real friend of mine. Kim Kardashian West.”

Taking the stage, Kardashian West shared that it was “such an honor to be here today.”

“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. And I pled the case of Alice Johnson who the president granted clemency to. 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 mother of four said.

“So after going to visit so many different prisons and really sitting down with lifers with every situation you can possibly imagine my heart just completely opened up and I wanted to do more. So I started to study the law, which is law school basically in California, and my attorneys are here, Erin [Haney] and Jessica [Jackson] from #cut50,” she shared, referencing the prison reform initiative which Kardashian West has been working with for several months.

Reflecting on how much she’s learned throughout her studies, Kardashian West shared that although the government has taken steps towards helping former inmates get a fresh start, more work needs to be done still — specifically when it comes to finding housing, as well as transportation to and from job interviews and jobs.

“These people want to work they want the best outcome,” she shared, before announcing a new “ride-share partnership where formally incarcerated people will be gifted gift cards so they can get rides to and from job interviews jobs, family members and that is so important so needed.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Maria Pasquini