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 Protecting Our Children

In a letter to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop José H. Gomez addressed the recent scandals in the Catholic Church in the United States - Re​ad More >>

Overview and Timeline of Archdiocesan Programs and Action for the Protection of Children and Young People - Read More >>​  (Lee más en español)


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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 (213) 637-7650 or seek help through one of many agencies.  Click for more info.

 
 
Programs, Support & Information

  • Megan's Law and the Archdiocese's "Zero Tolerance Policy":
    Please refer to Chapter 9 in our Administrative Handbook. 
      
  • 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.
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Did You Know?
Published 5/27/2019

What constitutes a concern worth reporting?

Parents have a responsibility to report concerns they have about another person’s behaviors or actions that could put their children — or any children — at risk. These concerns are anything that makes the parent uneasy or uncomfortable, or anything that a child reports made them feel uneasy or uncomfortable. Some examples of seemingly little things that can be worth reporting include: A teacher covering her glass classroom door with artwork, eliminating the ability to see into the classroom from the hall; a youth ministry icebreaker activity, where teens have to pass a mint candy from person to person using only toothpicks in their mouth, despite the discomfort of some participants. For a copy of the VIRTUS® article “What is a ‘Concern’ that I Should Communicate?” visit http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx.  

¿Qué constituye una preocupación que vale la pena reportar?

Los padres de familia tienen la responsabilidad de reportar las inquietudes que tengan sobre los comportamientos o las acciones de otra persona que pudieran poner en riesgo a sus hijos, o a cualquier niño. Estas inquietudes son cualquier cosa que haga que el padre o la madre se sienta incómodo/a, o cualquier cosa que el/la niño/a reporte que le haga sentir incómodo/a. Algunos ejemplos de cosas aparentemente pequeñas que pueden valer la pena informar incluyen: Una maestra que cubre la puerta de vidrio de su aula con obras de arte, eliminar la posibilidad de ver hacia adentro del aula desde el pasillo. Además, una actividad para romper el hielo en el ministerio juvenil, donde los adolescentes deben pasar un caramelo de menta de persona a persona usando solo palillos de dientes en la boca, a pesar de la incomodidad de algunos participantes. Para obtener una copia del artículo de VIRTUS® “What is a ‘Concern’ that I Should Communicate?” (¿Cuál es una ‘preocupación’ que debo comunicar?”, visite http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx​

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