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 Protecting Our Children

       

Make a report: If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at (800) 355-2545 or seek help through one of many agencies.  Click for more info.

 
 
Programs, Support & Information
  • 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. (Includes VIRTUS Training)  Learn More.

  • Victims Assistance Ministry:
    Provides victims/survivors of sexual abuse assistance with reporting sexual misconduct, and helps obtain support for the needs of the individual and families. Learn More.

  • Fingerprinting & V.P.I.N:
    All clergy, paid parish/school personnel and volunteers who work regularly in a supervisory role with children or youth must be fingerprinted.  Information on fingerprinting schedule and locations is published monthly. Learn More.

  • Megan's Law and the Archdiocese's "Zero Tolerance Policy":
    The State of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have adopted rules and policies concerning persons who are registered sex offenders in an effort to enhance the safety of all children and youth.  Learn More.
      
  • Reports, Audit Summaries and Statements
    Includes the 2004 Report to the People of God, USCCB Audit Summaries, and the 2013 release of files of clergy.
        

 
"Did you Know" Articles:   Are also emailed to Parishes via the ACES accounts.
Did You Know?
Published 1/23/2017

​Parent and caregiver observations can help protect a child in danger, and you should know when it’s important to speak up. Although it may be awkward to approach a parent you do not know, if you have witnessed a scenario where the child is in danger of physical or mental abuse, it is your responsibility to act in that child’s best interest. In addition to reporting concerns, think about any practical solutions that can help keep kids safe pending an investigation and solution. For a copy of the VIRTUS© article “Voicing Concerns About a Child’s Environment,” email jvienna@la-archdiocese.org or call (213) 637-7227.

​Hable acerca de sus preocupaciones sobre el entorno de un niño
Las observaciones de los padres y los cuidadores pueden ayudar a proteger a un niño en peligro, y usted debe saber cuándo es importante hablar. Aunque puede ser incómodo acercarse a un padre que no conoce, si ha sido testigo de un escenario donde el niño está en peligro de abuso físico o mental, es su responsabilidad actuar en el mejor interés de ese niño. Además de reportar preocupaciones, piense en cualquier solución práctica que pueda ayudar a mantener a los niños a salvo en espera de una investigación y solución. Para obtener una copia del artículo de VIRTUS© “Voicing Concerns About a Child’s Environment” (Expresando preocupaciones sobre el entorno de un niño), envíe un correo electrónico a bmelendez@la-archdiocese.org o llame al (213) 637-7508.

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