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Jada Pinkett Smith Testifies Before Congress

Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith recently visited Congress to speak out against human trafficking and slavery in the U.S. and abroad. At a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing, Pinkett Smith testified, sharing her plans to initiate a campaign on the underreported issues. "Fighting slavery doesn't cost a lot of money. The costs of allowing it to exist in our nation and abroad are much higher," the actress said. "It robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom." She also addressed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides funding to the cause as well as a task force chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Accompanying her were her daughter Willow, and husband Will Smith. All three of the Smiths wore shirts that read "Free Slaves," tucked underneath blazers. Willow, who Pinkett Smith attributed for initially learning about trafficking and slavery, remained visibly engaged throughout her mother's testimony, frequently whispering to her father. Many attendees in the predominantly young crowd attempted to snap pictures of the Hollywood family.

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