Abduction survivor, motivational speaker, and bestselling author
Elizabeth Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002, sparking what would become one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Fortunately, the police safely returned Smart back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for nine grueling months. Because of this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation, even testifying before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction. The Founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.
Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times bestselling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, titled, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” The 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 continue to motivate parents, law enforcement, and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by “everyday” people and the belief that hope always exists to find every missing child. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event.