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.
- Lifetime Original Movie ‘Cleveland Abduction’ to Premiere Saturday, April 25Executive producers are Judith Verno (Masters of Sex, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax) and Frank von Zerneck (The Elizabeth Smart Story, Left to Die). ... read more
- Utah’s One Voice Children’s Choir stands up to crimes against childrenCelebrating the noble efforts of organizations like Operation Underground Railroad and the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Utah's Stars & Friend unites ... ... read more
- Today in HistoryIn 2003, Elizabeth Smart, the 15-year-old girl who'd vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with ... ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart’s story: Tragic tale inspires students with life struggles – Daily Heral...Daily HeraldElizabeth Smart's story: Tragic tale inspires students with life strugglesDaily HeraldVictims' rights advocate and author Elizabeth Smart addresses a crowd at the Grand Ballroom at Utah Valley University in Orem, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Smart spoke about the events of her kidnapping in 2002. IAN MAULE, Daily Herald. ... read more
- Father of Elizabeth Smart focuses on empowering children – LocalNews8.comLocalNews8.comFather of Elizabeth Smart focuses on empowering childrenLocalNews8.comEd Smart says forgiveness didn't come easy for the two people who tortured his daughter for 9 months. Elizabeth became a national headline, shedding light on the frightening reality of child abductions. "It was this emotional roller-coaster," said Smart. ... read more
- Former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart fights to stop human trafficking – CBS NewsCBS NewsFormer kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart fights to stop human traffickingCBS NewsNEW YORK -- According to a United Nations report, sex trafficking has become a $99-billion-a-year industry -- a figure that has more than tripled in the last seven years. Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart spoke about the trade at the UN yesterday and ... ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart appears on HLN to talk about the Hero™ appHERO™ Mobile App for iOS and Android Leverages Social Media, Crowd Sourcing and Geo-Location to Provide Important Tool in Times of Need SALT LAKE CITY — June 26, 2012 — Apptooth (www.apptooth.com), a leading mobile app development studio today launched a new patent-pending mobile application called Hero™ available in the Apple App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Google Play for Android. Hero™ Features Summary: • Users can invite friends and family to be their “Heroes” from numerous social… ... read more
- Elizabeth Smart Appears on “Anderson” via Satellite to Discuss Child Safety
- 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.