In Partnership with The National Association to PROTECT Children.
Elizabeth Smart's abduction from her bedroom window in 2002 shocked the nation. For nine months America held its breath in hopes that Elizabeth would be found and rescued. America's prayers were answered when she was spotted in a suburb in Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, Elizabeth Smart is dedicating her life to rescuing and preventing crimes against children just like her.
This PSA is a call to action featuring Elizabeth Smart, law enforcement, and government officials urging the american people to push Congress to make rescuing children from predators a national priority. ?
Congress knows where hundreds of thousands of child pornographers are right now, but is not providing the funding and resources they need to stop them. ?
Thousands of children are waiting to be rescued. It is time now to "Get Smart in Washington!"?Our goal is to fund a 30:, 60: and 2 minute film which will air on national television and the Internet. ?In
The Alicia Project has its roots in tragedy, but has grown to become a voice for exploited children.? In January of 2002, its namesake, Alicia, became the victim of an Internet luring. The predator transported her to another state and there, for four terrifying days, held her captive. Returning to school a year later, Alicia was soon highly involved in both academic and extracurricular activities and graduated with high honors. During these years, she came to realize that other children need not suffer her traumatic experiences.
Alicia was chosen to receive the 2007 Courage Award by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in recognition of these efforts.?Collaborating with four other young victims, Alicia has recently co-authored Youre Not Alone, an OJJDP publication whose goal is to empower other abductees.?Additionally, recognizing the need for effective Internet Safety legislation, Alicia testified before Congress in 2007, and has lobbied successfully for Virginias 2008 Alicias Law, an initiative which she hopes to see instituted in all fifty states.?
Now studying at a Pittsburgh University, Alicia is continuing the mission, majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Forensics. Her ultimate goal is to earn the title of Special agent, and to join one of the FBI ICAC taskforces that were instrumental in her rescue.?"I'd like," she says, "to ultimately become the person who rescues the child, and then helps to recover that child's soul."