In 2005, Alicia was honored to address a conference for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. More recently, she has participated in Internet Safety films for both the FBI and Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools, as well as being the subject of an Internet safety documentary for PBS, all of which are pending release.
In January of 2002, 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 high school a year later, Alicia was soon highly involved in both academic and extracurricular activities and graduated with high honors. Additionally, during those years, she joined a local Air Search and Rescue group, and created an Internet safety program, which she began to present, along with the FBI Adopt-A-School program, to area schools and organizations.
Now a student at Pittsburgh's Point Park University, Alicia has continued her mission to educate children by sharing her story and has begun speaking with adult groups as well. Presently she is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Forensics. Her ultimate goal is to earn a master's degree in order to work alongside the FBI team that was instrumental to her rescue. "I'd like," she says," to ultimately become the person who rescues the child, and then helps to recover the child's soul."
Mary Kozakiewicz has become a member of Team HOPE, dedicated to empowering the families of missing children. She has also recently joined with other parents of abducted and abused children to promote legislation to keep children safe called the "Surviving Parents Coalition", also known as "PASAGE". Ms. Kozakiewicz and her family will also be featured in an interactive resource for families through partnership with Netsmartz, and she looks forward to additional opportunities to help protect children and families from the immense pain and tribulation that she and her family have suffered.
Ms. Kozakiewicz is tremendously proud of her daughter's passion for Internet safety and her dedication towards helping the parents and victims of these crimes.