Ever since Steven Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria, December 2013, his family in Pinecrest had not made any public statements.
On Wednesday, a video of his mom, Shirley Pulwer, also known as Shirley Sotloff, went viral worldwide.
The following is the full text of her statement:
"I'm sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ... the caliph of the Islamic State.
"I am Shirley Sotloff. My son, Steven, is in your hands. Steven is a journalist who traveled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants.
"Steven is a loyal and generous son, brother and grandson. He's an honorable man and has always tried to help the weak.
"We've not seen Stephen for over a year, and we miss him very much. We want to see him home safe and sound and to hug him.
"Since Stephen's capture, I've learned a lot about Islam. I've learned that Islam teaches that no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others.
"Stephen has no control over the actions of the U.S. government. He's an innocent journalist.
"I've always learned that you, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you to please release my child. As a mother, I ask your justice to be merciful and not punish my son for matters he has no control over.
"I ask you to use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by the Prophet Mohammed, who protected People of the Book.
"I want what every mother wants: to live to see her children's children.
"I plead with you to grant me this."