My Brothers and Sisters,
Here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, we are working every day to make sure that our children are safe, loved and cared for in our parishes, schools and ministries.
In this past year, the Archdiocese’s Office of Safeguard the Children trained 30,514 adults and 166,850 children in the VIRTUS® Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs. In addition, the Fingerprinting Department completed background checks on approximately 10,000 new clergy, employees and volunteers.
This brochure will provide you with a quick guide to the safe environment policies, programs and other resources available in the Archdiocese. In addition, you will find contact numbers and hotlines for reporting suspected abuse.
I am also pleased that the Archdiocesan Administrative Handbook now includes “Chapter 9: Safe Environment.” This comprehensive new resource provides detailed information on everything that we are doing to protect our children and young people. You can access this important resource at the Archdiocesan website http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/ or directly at: http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9.
Let us continue to pray for those who have been hurt by the misconduct of members of the Church. I am grateful for the ongoing outreach, support and healing provided to them through our Office of Victims Assistance Ministry.
I entrust all our children and families to the tender care and protection of our Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of the Angels.
Most Reverend José H. Gomez