Our Commitment to Report, Support & Protect

The Archdiocese and our faith community stand resolute in our commitment to report allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, support victim-survivors and protect children and the vulnerable.

Please help stop sexual misconduct in our communities by reporting to law enforcement and the Office of Victims Assistance Ministry of the Archdiocese at (800) 355-2545.

SEE OUR ABUSE PREVENTION EFFORTS

Message from

Archbishop José H. Gomez

“We need to feel the responsibility to protect every child as if he or she was our own son or daughter, our own niece or nephew, our own brother or sister.”

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UPDATE TO THE REPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD

As an expression of our commitment to transparency, the list of names in the original 2004 Report to the People of God has been republished with the current status of those individuals. The 2018 Update lists the names of priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors since 2008.

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1985

  • U.S. Bishops discuss abuse of minors at annual meeting

1989

  • Archdiocese adopts policy on abuse of minors

1994

  • Archdiocese forms Sexual Abuse Advisory Board

2002

  • Archdiocese adopts Zero Tolerance Policy
  • U.S. Bishops approve The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
  • Clergy Misconduct Oversight Board formalized
  • Offices of Victims Assistance Ministry and Safeguard the Children established

2004

  • Report to People of God issued (updated '05, '08 and '18)

2007

  • Archdiocese announces settlement of more than 500 civil cases

2013

  • Archdiocese releases clergy files for global settlement

Safeguard the Children

PROGRAMS FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

We work to prevent abuse through our Safeguard the Children Programs on prevention and reporting, fingerprinting and background checks, and clergy formation programs. Every year, more than 165,000 Catholic school and religious education students are taught boundary awareness and tools for reporting.

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