Safe Environment Reporting Guidelines


Diocese of Laredo
Safe Environment Reporting Guidelines
Reporting Alleged Sexual Abuse of Minors

Article 4 of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" states: "Dioceses are to report an allegation of sexual abuse of a person who is a minor to the public authorities. Dioceses are to comply with all applicable civil laws with respect to the reporting of allegations of sexual abuse of minors to civil authorities and cooperate in their investigation in accord with the law of the jurisdiction in question."

Step One: Report to TDFPS

Please contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) within 48 hours at the 24- hour Child Abuse Reporting Hotline 1-800-252-5400.

For reporting emergencies, call local Law Enforcement at 911
Article 2 of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" states: "Dioceses are to have policies and procedures in place to respond promptly to any allegation where there is reason to believe that sexual abuse of a minor has occurred."

Step Two: Report to the following

The Pastor of the Parish;
The Principal of the School ; and
Vicar General -Rev. R. Anthony Mendoza (956) 727-2140 ext. 7872

If you are not certain how to report, please contact the following Diocesan personnel for additional guidance and information:

Victim Assistance Coordinator
Safe Environment Coordinator
Melinda M. Sepulveda
1901 Corpus Christi St.
Laredo, Texas 78043
(956) 727-2140

Step Three: Report to the Victim Assistance Coordinator

The Diocese of Laredo is committed to offering and providing assistance to victims. In order to begin the healing process for victims, please contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator.

Melinda M. Sepulveda                                                                                                                                                                                             1901 Corpus Chrisit St.                                                                                                                                                                                Laredo, Texas 78043                                                                                                                                                                                      (956) 727-2140

Thank you for partnering with the Diocese of Laredo to maintain a safe environment for all. We appreciate your collaboration and concern for minors.

Reporting FORMS:

 

 Revised 1/10/2011