Most Americans can remember where they were March 12, 2003 when the news broke that Elizabeth Smart had been recovered and was safely back with her family. Elizabeth’s captors had controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Her abduction and recovery motivated parents, law enforcement, and leaders world-wide to focus on children’s safety, the vigilance of every day people in finding missing children, and the belief that there is always hope, we can never stop searching for each and every missing child.
Elizabeth recently finished serving an LDS mission in France following her dream to share with others what has given her strength. During this past year she triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered for nine months and how she determined to survive and continue her life after tragedy. Elizabeth will finish at Brigham Young University studying music with an emphasis on harp performance in spring of 2012. Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction and recovery programs and legislation. As well as being involved in, ”Elizabeth Smart Foundation.” Elizabeth has helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. Two years ago Elizabeth worked with the Department of Justice and four other recovered young adults in creating a survivors guide, entitled – “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences to not give up and know that there is life after tragic events.