After a meeting at the White House to discuss prison reform at the beginning of this month, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West managed to convince US President Donald Trump to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who is reportedly ‘one of many people of colour behind bars for life because of a nonviolent drug offence.’

Kim K is an advocate for prison reform, and Alice Marie Johnson is not the only unfairly incarcerated woman who has pulled at the mogul’s heart strings hard enough for her to offer legal assistance. Cyntoia Brown, 30, is another harshly sentenced woman who’s been on Kim’s justice radar since November 2017.

Brown is a sex trafficking survivor who was sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 16 for the murder of Johnny Mitchell Allen, whom she shot in self-defence in 2004 as the final (albeit not premeditated) solution to her forced prostitution. This is why Kim Kardashian offered to intervene in Cyntoia Brown’s case amid the #FreeCyntoiaBrown campaign. The social-media maven used her celebrity status to pay it forward, posting on her Twitter account that she has called on her attorneys to ‘see what can be done to fix this’.

Not too long after this tweet gained viral praise, Kim’s attorney Shawn Holley confirmed that they had initiated discussions with Brown’s team. According to NBC News, Cyntoia Brown will appear in court this week to plead for leniency where a ‘US federal appeals court in Cincinnati has agreed to hear oral arguments in her case.’ The news of this appeal has ignited hope once again for Cyntoia, especially since the Kardashian-POTUS victory for Alice Marie Johnson last week. (Alice had been in prison since 1993 for a first-time drug offence as a ‘telephone mule’.)

The world is placing its faith in Kim Kardashian West to procure Cyntoia’s release, on the grounds that the reality TV star has recently been very vocal about her commitment to prison reform. It seems then that, with the help of existing organisations, it is probable that she may yield another positive outcome for those in need of justice.

‘I hope to continue this important work by working together with organisations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition,’ Kim said in a statement.

However, the heavy burden of prison reform should not lie solely on the shoulders of celebrity activists, but rather on the complacent system which fails women like Alice Marie Johnson and Cyntoia Brown daily. Influential activists like Kim Kardashian can only serve as catalysts for an already existing process that places the primary responsibility to grant prisoners freedom on those whose job it is to do so.

Watch the full Cyntoia Brown documentary here: