updated 05/13/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/14/2014 AT 12:50 PM ET
The two Cleveland kidnap survivors met at the White House on May 6 with Vice President Joe Biden, a longtime supporter of legislation to end violence against women. And President Barack Obama dropped by his VP’s West Wing office to say hello.
In an email to PEOPLE, DeJesus called it an honor, adding of Biden, in particular: “I enjoyed our talk; he is very down-to-earth :-)”
Berry, who bought a special White House frame to showcase her presidential and vice-presidential photo op, said she appreciated how much time Biden spent with them. “It was one of the most unbelievable moments in my life,” Berry said.
“They were just grinning from ear to ear,” says Shannon Traore, the family-services specialist from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children accompanying the group, which included DeJesus’s mom and dad and Berry’s older sister, Beth Serrano.
At the dinner, they met Katie Beers, who survived her own kidnapping and imprisonment in a hole for 16 days in 1993, at the age of 10.