Protect

Learn more about our commitment to transparency and accountability and creating a safe environment for children and adults.

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“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.”

-Archbishop Gomez

As part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability, you can use this webpage to learn about the Archdiocese’s efforts to prevent abuse and to support victim-survivors. You can also learn about our protocols for reporting and investigating suspected abuse by those serving in the Archdiocese and for removing offenders from ministry.

It is because of the hard work and dedication of our Safeguard the Children Program staff, and the hundreds of thousands of employees, volunteers, clergy and lay faithful who have participated in the program, new cases of abuse are rare today in the Church in Los Angeles. We remain vigilant in our commitment to protect children and report allegations and remove perpetrators from ministry.

Are you a victim-survivor?

Get to know our support team

The Office of Victims Assistance Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was created in April of 2002 to deal with allegations of past or current sexual abuse by clergy, religious or any lay person working or volunteering for the Archdiocese. The Office is charged with creating a safe and compassionate environment for victims to come forward while ensuring that civil authorities are notified and victims are provided with counseling and other assistance in the healing process.

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Need to report abuse?

Responding to an Allegation of Suspected Child Abuse

The following forms and documents are for reporting child abuse. If you have any questions regarding these forms, please call the Archdiocesan Victims Assistance Office at (213) 637-7650 or our toll-free number (800)-355-2545.

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Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service

In May 2019, Pope Francis released his apostolic letter, Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”) to address the issue of sexual abuse and bishop accountability in the global Catholic Church. Vos estis calls upon the metropolitan archbishops to undertake the responsibilities for receiving and assessing reports involving bishops that pertain to sexual abuse and related misconduct. The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR) offers a toll-free phone and online reporting service to receive reports regarding sexual abuse involving bishops.

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Get to know more about our prevention efforts.

Fingerprinting

All clergy, paid parish/school personnel and volunteers who work regularly in a supervisory role with children or youth must be fingerprinted. For more information visit this webpage or call us at: (213) 637-7680.

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Education and Training

The Office of Safeguard the Children provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children’s safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities. We offer programs for Adults and Children as outlined on this webpage.

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Did you Know?

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles provides parishes with ongoing resources to strengthen our prevention efforts. Use this webpage to see the weekly resources provided to our parishes for helping to make our schools, families and communities safer for our children.

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Policies and procedures for interacting with minors

Explore our guidelines for adults interacting with minors at parish or parish school activities or events. The resources are available in English and Spanish.

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A history of transparency.

Report to the People of God

On February 17, 2004, the Archdiocese published its Report to the People of God: Clergy Sexual Abuse Archdiocese of Los Angeles 1930-2003. The Report was an essential part of the Archdiocese’s ongoing effort to promote healing and reconciliation for victims, their families, and the entire Church community. 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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While the past cannot be changed, we are committed to learning from it. With nearly 2 million people trained in our Archdiocese alone, we remain vigilant against all that would harm our children and young people. Explore reports and audits from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the USCCB.

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

Archdiocesan Administrative Handbook

Chapter 9 – Safe Environment

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