Child Safety Activist Elizabeth Smart to Join APM For 50th Anniversary Speaker Series Event

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Over the course of its 50 years, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) has become a leader in helping foster and adoptive families build a strong foundation for success with programs that guide them through life’s challenges and needs.

To celebrate those 50 years, APM is hosting a four-part Speaker Series that convenes thought leaders and experts to discuss issues that are central to the social services organization. The final event in the series features Elizabeth Smart, child safety activist and best-selling author.

Smart will participate in a fireside chat, “In Conversation with Elizabeth Smart,” where she will share her story about how being an abduction survivor at age 14 inspired her to become an advocate for stronger child protective services. She will also join a panel discussion involving other well-known local experts about childhood trauma and the added stressors Covid-19 has put on the child welfare system and home. Those who donate $50 to APM will be invited to a 30-minute virtual VIP “meet and greet” with Ms. Smart following the panel.


  • Elizabeth Smart, Child Safety Activist and Author
  • Nilda Ruiz, President and CEO, APM
  • Cindy W. Christian, MD, Anthony A. Latini Endowed Chair in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, The
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Jon Rubin, Deputy Secretary, PA Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families
  • Waleska Maldonado, Chief of Prevention, City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Virtual event; register at

CONTACT: Barbara Beck,, 610-246-9167 (cell)


About Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)
Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for residents of Greater Philadelphia through direct service and outreach. We offer a full spectrum of bilingual and culturally sensitive social services related to education, health, human services and community and economic development. To learn more, visit and follow the hashtag #APMTurns50 and @APMForEveryone on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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