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Elizabeth Smart to speak in Grand Forks

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart-Gilmour, who was abducted by a drifter when she was 14 in Utah, will speak at UND in February, according to the university.

She’ll be featured at the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship on Values and Ethics 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Chester Fritz Auditorium on campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Smart’s was one of the most famous cases of child abduction. Brian David Mitchell broke into her Salt Lake City home and took her away in 2002. A bystander saw her nine months later with Mitchell and his wife and reported it to police. Mitchell is now serving a life sentence for kidnapping and transporting a minor across state lines for sexual purposes.

Now 26, Smart is an advocate for changes to laws and programs related to child abduction, according to the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. She has helped to promote a national Amber Alert system and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.

On Wednesday, she spoke at a conference on child sex trafficking in Sioux Falls, S.D.