The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.
Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction.
The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.
Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by “every day” people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.
Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012.
- How Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard and Others Survived Their Headline-Making AbductionsBetween August 2002 and April 2004, three young women — Amanda Berry, then 17, Michelle Knight (who has since changed her name to Lily Rose ... read more
- Man convicted for punching officer at Smart event... battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from approaching kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart with a knife at a January book signing. ... read more
- Punching cop may cost Hudson, 80, up to 12 years in prison... before finding Claude F. Hudson Jr. guilty of battering a police officer at a January appearance by Elizabeth Smart at Indiana State University. ... read more
- Man convicted for punching officer at Elizabeth Smart eventTERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana jury has convicted an 80-year-old man of felony battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart Man Arrested IndianaFILE - This undated file photo provided by the Vigo County Sheriff's Office in Terre Haute, Ind., shows Claude Hudson, of Terre Haute. An Indiana jury ... read more
- Man convicted for punching officer at Elizabeth Smart eventTERRE HAUTE, Ind. — An Indiana jury has convicted an 80-year-old man of felony battery for punching a police officer who stopped him from ... read more
- Hudson found guilty of battering ISU police officerClaude Hudson was arrested for battering police officer at Elizabeth Smart ... 30 appearance of speaker Elizabeth Smart at Indiana State University. ... read more
- Man Convicted for Punching Officer at Elizabeth Smart EventIndiana jury convicts 80-year-old man of felony battery for punching police officer who stopped him from approaching kidnapping survivor Elizabeth ... ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart tells her story to News 3 Investigation Tom Smart, Lee Benson
Elizabeth Smart was just 14-years-old when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home 12 years ago. During the nine months she was held prisoner … read more
Elizabeth is available for speaking engagements to tell her incredible and inspiring story of overcoming adversity.
For information on contracting Elizabeth to speak at your event, please fill in the form on the contact page or call (801)410-0871.