The 27-year-old singer stepped out on Wednesday to attend the L.A. screening of Living Undocumented, a new Netflix documentary series that she produced profiling eight immigrant families in the U.S.
Gomez sported an all-black look for her appearance at the screening, which came just days after the wedding ceremony of her ex, Justin Bieber, and Hailey Bieber. Opting for a Versace leather jacket and mini skirt, Gomez paired the edgy pieces with a black T-shirt and heels and accessorized with gold hoop earrings and two large Versace safety pins.
Celebrities including Grey's Anatomy's Giacomo Gianniotti, Scandal's Guillermo Diaz, Riverdale's Hayley Law and Francia Raisa also attended the screening, as did Rosario Dawson, who posed with Gomez.
Gomez, who was recently spotted leaving the recording studio, gave a speech at the screening in which she praised the documentary's subjects for putting "your life at risk for sharing your stories."
"I’m extremely proud and beyond honored to be a part of this story. There’s so much that I actually didn’t know -- and it’s actually happened directly to my family, so I understand that this was an issue -- but I got to learn so much through these amazing, brave families that put your life at risk for sharing your stories," she said. "I’m very grateful that we got to do this. Immigration is all over the news and I understand that, but what was so great about this was bringing the humanity to it and really seeing these people’s hearts and what they’ve contributed and what they are. And they’re already some of the best people that I’ve met."
"I’m very happy about this and I’m grateful to be a part of it," she added. "And I just want to thank the families. Honestly, that’s everything to me. I’m very proud of all of them."
According to an eyewitness, Gomez stayed to mingle with guests at a post-screening reception, where she posed for pics with the families featured in the documentary and participated in an impromptu prayer circle with about 30 other attendees.
Gomez's appearance came just days after her essay for Time was published, in which she discussed the "human issue" of immigration, the handling of which, she wrote, will "define who we are."
The singer detailed her own family's experience with immigration, which, she said, made the issue something she thinks "about every day."
"I never forget how blessed I am to have been born in this country thanks to my family and the grace of circumstance," she wrote. "But when I read the news headlines or see debates about immigration rage on social media, I feel afraid for those in similar situations. I feel afraid for my country."