TRISTAN'S MOON

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)

the storybook vessel lingers but it’s just how one person saw it/ it’s a take/ it’s just one take/ one take sweeping the front porch more briskly than was actually necessary when you could have hosed it down with a commanding sadness/

Very Bad People by Liam (12)

It was a priest. One time. My butt was bleeding in the middle of fucking mass. They like the ones who have religious parents. Is this a poem? I do not know how to do it.


TRISTAN'S MOON art installation (detail from the HIV/AIDS birdcage)
It begins with one story...
The 2014 cultural climate that a sexually abused and sexually exploited boy finds himself living in, significantly affects whether the kid feels it is safe enough for him to tell his story and thus gain access to services that serve his best interests (ie medical care, safe house, legal representation, etc). The cultural climate in the USA demands that the release of any money for services to serve the best interests of sexually abused and sexually exploited boys, takes place on receipt of 'proof' that the money is required; something that usually happens through the submission of research material, which reflects the information that was able to be collected. After the money is released, 'proof' is sought that money released to serve the best interests of the kids has been spent to serve the best interests of the kids. This usually happens in the form of further research & audits, which in turn reflect the information that was able to be collected by the particular researchers and auditors. Survivors are the KEY. For without awareness that the kids exist or what serves the kids' best interests, nothing of much short or long term use happens for the kids. Awareness begins with a kid telling his story; something that does not happen in cultural climates that message it is not safe for him to do so.

HIV/AIDS & Cultural Violence = STIGMA.
Sexually abused and sexually exploited boys are at great risk for being infected with HIV/AIDS-defining infections & diseases, and for dying prematurely in tremendous physical, psychological trauma. It is difficult for these kids to access to safe places that serve these kids best interests and make it easier for them to access treatment and to adhere to the rigorous HIV/AIDS medical regimes that exist today. The creation and distribution of HIV/AIDS antiretroviral medications, saved millions of valuable lives (millions of men, women and children) and were fought hard for by courageous & compassionate people in the 1980s and 1990s.

TRISTAN'S MOON art installation (detail from the underground railroad train of thought).


Body Counts by Sean Strub. extract.

Bill Donohue
President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Larry King Live. 2010.

2014: The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged the Holy See to "immediately remove all known and suspected child sexual abusers from assignment and refer the matter to the relevant law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution purposes.” The Vatican has denied any official cover-up. However, in December 2013 the Vatican refused a UN request for data on abuse on the grounds that it only released such information if requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26044852. It is extremely important that young survivors are identified so they can access the protection and services that serve their best interests after everything they have endured and been forced to do to survive.


Finally, as long as dioceses and eparchies continue to refuse participation in the Charter audit process, we will not have a complete and accurate picture of Charter compliance during a given period (2012 USSCB audit report: charter for the protection of children and young people. StoneBridge).

It is very important that people are educated to understand that the term homosexual and pedophile are NOT interchangeable. Adults who sexually abuse and/or sexually exploit boys, and facilitate for boys to be sexually abused and/or sexually exploited, can be any gender (ie male, female, transgender) and any sexuality (heterosexual, homosexual, bi-sexual). In addition, it is very important that people are educated to understand that young males are sexually abused and/or sexually exploited no matter what their sexuality happens to be (ie questioning, celibate, heterosexual, homosexual or bi-sexual). It is extremely damaging for sexually abused and sexually exploited boys to hear adults discussing pedophilia in terms of a perpetrator or survivor's sexuality.



CULTURAL CLIMATE IN WHICH BOYS ARE SEXUALLY ABUSED AND SEXUALLY EXPLOITED:
There is no cure for HIV. Access & adherence to ARVs (antiretrovirals), which can reduce a person's infectiousness, is not possible for everyone living with HIV. Condoms provide significant protection against the transmission of this virus during an exchange of bodily fluids. Since the 1980s an estimated 30 million people have died of HIV/AIDS-related infections and diseases.

www.catholicleague.org/about-us/ (Feb. 2014)

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan (Archbishop of New York)

President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)


In July 2011, the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was updated to include child pornography in its definition of sexual abuse against a minor. For purposes of this Charter, the offense of sexual abuse of a minor will be understood in accord with the provisions of Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela (SST), article 6, which reads... 2) the acquisition, possession, or distribution by a cleric of pornographic images of minors under the age of fourteen, for purposes of sexual gratification, by whatever means or using whatever technology... In view of the Circular Letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dated May 3, 2011, which calls for “mak[ing] allowance for the legislation of the country where the Conference is located,” Section III(g), we will apply the federal legal age for defining child pornography, which includes pornographic images of minors under the age of eighteen, for assessing a cleric’s suitability for ministry and for complying with civil reporting statutes.



Pursuant to Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the custody and care of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) was transferred from the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to ORR in March 2003. In FY 2010, ORR continued a contract with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to provide comprehensive case management and support services to foreign adult and child victims of human trafficking.



FY 2010 ORR Report to Congress (most recent made public as at Feb 2014)) extracts from FY 2010 report:

Per Capita Services and Case Management. ORR used both contracts and grants to create a network of service organizations available to assist victims of a severe form of trafficking. In FY 2010, ORR continued a contract with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to provide comprehensive case management and support services to foreign adult and child victims of human trafficking.


Unaccompanied Alien Children Program (UAC)

Care and Placement: With a total operating budget of $166,300,000 in FY 2010 (including available prior year funds), ORR funded approximately 2,046 beds and placed 8,287 children (this number does not include Haitian orphan parolees) in its various shelter care provider programs.


Anti-Trafficking in Persons Program: Grants and contracts awarded to non-profit and for-profit organizations totaled $8 million to organizations to identify and assist victims of human trafficking in becoming certified and accessing benefits to the same extent as refugees.

**In FY 2010, ORR issued 92 Eligibility Letters to children and issued 12 Interim Assistance Letters to children, seven of whom later received Eligibility Letters.

Refugee Appropriations: In FY 2010, ORR received an appropriation of $730.8 million to assist refugee populations, victims of trafficking, and unaccompanied alien children (UAC).

Litigation

SIJ Specific Consent and the Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement. In 2010, the parties to the Perez-Olano lawsuit reached a settlement requiring ORR to adhere to specific timelines on the acknowledging, processing, and response to specific consent requests. ORR implemented protocol for providing notices to UAC and processing specific consent requests that conformed to the settlement’s requirements. During FY 2010, ORR received and processed 32 specific consent requests in accordance with the requirements.

ORR’s vision for FY 2011 is centered on programs designed to support the most vulnerable and often-marginalized refugees. These programs include targeted services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees.


During FY 2011, ORR/DUCS care provider mental health clinicians screened over 7,500 UAC in ORR care for indicators of human trafficking. Twenty-five (25) trafficked children identified by ORR were placed in foster care in the URM program.


Through ORR, HHS continued its cooperation with DHS ICE to enable the prompt identification of and assistance to potential child trafficking victims.

In FY 2011, ORR, through the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services (DUCS), funded a network of shelters, group homes, and foster care programs to provide services for UAC.

UAC who are trafficking victims may be referred to HHS’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program, which is administered by ORR. An unaccompanied alien child is defined in Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Pub. L. 107-296 (6 U.S.C. § 279(g)(2)), as a child who is without lawful immigration status and does not have a parent or legal guardian in the U.S. who is available to provide him or her physical custody and care. The URM program establishes legal responsibility under state law for such children to ensure that they receive the full range of assistance, care, and services currently available to foster children in the state. A legal authority is designated to act in place of the child’s unavailable parent(s).

Pursuant to Section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the custody and care of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) was transferred from the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to ORR in March 2003.



2012 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
Audit Report.


Data collection for 2012 took place between Dec 2012 & Feb 2013. CARA received responses form 193 of the 195 dioceses and eparchies of the USCCB and 157 of the 215 clerical and mixed religious institutes of CMSM.

Appendix A: 2011 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

For purposes of this Charter, the offense of sexual abuse of a minor will be understood in accord with the provisions of Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela (SST), article 6, which reads:

§1. The more grave delicts against morals which are reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are:

1) the delict against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue committed by a cleric with a minor below the age of eighteen years; in this case, a person who habitually lacks the use of reason is to be considered equivalent to a minor.

2) the acquisition, possession, or distribution by a cleric of pornographic images of minors under the age of fourteen, for purposes of sexual gratification, by whatever means or using whatever technology;

§2. A cleric who commits the delicts mentioned above in §1 is to be punished according to the gravity of his crime, not excluding dismissal or deposition.

The total number of clerics accused of sexual abuse of a minor during the audit period was 805. For purposes of this report, clerics were categorized as a priest, deacon, unknown, or other. By “unknown” is meant that the victim/survivor was unable to provide the identity of the accused. “Other” represents a cleric from another diocese for whom details of ordination and/or incardination were not provided. Accused priests numbered 571, of which 436 were diocesan priests, 101 belonged to a religious order, 34 were incardinated elsewhere. There were 11 deacons accused during the period, of which 9 were incardinated in a specific diocese, and 2 were religious. Allegations brought against unknown clerics numbered 209, and 14 other clerics were accused. 287 of these clerics had been accused in previous audit periods, and 132 of this year’s allegations were either unfounded or unable to be proven.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

In July 2011, the Charter was updated to include child pornography in its definition of sexual abuse against a minor. During the audit period, five clerics were removed from ministry because of allegations of possession of child pornography.

Appendix A: 2011 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People: In view of the Circular Letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dated May 3, 2011, which calls for “mak[ing] allowance for the legislation of the country where the Conference is located,” Section III(g), we will apply the federal legal age for defining child pornography, which includes pornographic images of minors under the age of eighteen, for assessing a cleric’s suitability for ministry and for complying with civil reporting statutes.

SCOPE OF LIMITATIONS:

The most common scope limitation encountered in the Charter audit process was the unwillingness of most dioceses and eparchies to allow us to conduct parish audits during their onsite audits. Although an understanding of Charter implementation may be gained through interview of personnel and review of documentation at the diocesan/eparchial level, greater proof of compliance—or lack thereof—can be found at the parishes and schools. Without the opportunity to observe compliance activities at parishes and schools, the auditors must rely solely on the information provided by the diocese or eparchy, instead of observing the program firsthand.

Another limitation is frequent turnover in diocesan/eparchial personnel. When a key player in a Charter implementation program steps down, or his or her position is otherwise vacated, most dioceses and eparchies attempt to fill the position, at least temporarily, with existing personnel. During this time, important compliance components may be overlooked or neglected. Records are often lost, and successors to the position are often placed in key roles without formal orientation. These individuals, we found in three cases, were not fully aware of their responsibilities under the Charter, and were unable to answer certain questions posed by the auditors.

Use of estimates in the preparation of Chart C/D continues to be a problem. While some dioceses and eparchies are able to provide exact figures as of June 30 of the audit year, others report information that is collected earlier in the year, or make estimates based on criteria established in the past. As a result, the data compiled for the annual report is not an accurate reflection of compliance with Article 12 and Article 13 as of a certain date; instead, it is a rough estimate.

Finally, as long as dioceses and eparchies continue to refuse participation in the Charter audit process, we will not have a complete and accurate picture of Charter compliance during a given period. This year, we were pleased to visit new Bishop Liam Cary in the Diocese of Baker. The Diocese of Baker had not participated in either type of audit since 2009. One diocese and five eparchies did not participate in the audit process this year, either by refusing an onsite audit, or failing to respond to StoneBridge’s requests for information:

Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford (Connecticut)

Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada (New Jersey)

Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, San Diego (California)

Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg in New York of Armenian Catholics

Eparchy of Newton, Our Lady of the Annunciation, Boston (Melkite Greek)(Massachusetts)

Diocese of Lincoln (Nebraska)


UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (HHS). 2014.

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Robert P. George.
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