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.
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- Elizabeth Smart shares family portrait for Mother’s Day, expresses gratitudePARK CITY, Utah, May 18, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Elizabeth Smart on Monday shared a family portrait with followers of her Instagram account. ... read more
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- Elizabeth Smart shares Mother’s Day post on InstagramKidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has shared a heartwarming photo of her new family of four in a Mother's Day post. 'Happy Mother's Day!' wrote ... ... read more
- Young actor Kiefer O’Reilly to star in forthcoming film ‘I Am Elizabeth SmartR...In May of 2017, Variety Magazine announced that Kiefer has been officially cast as a brother of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart in the new movie “I Am ... ... read more
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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.
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