UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Timothy Law is the President of ECA USA and works to strengthen ECA Internationally. Tim is an Attorney working for over 40 years in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is Catholic, a father to 3 children and grandfather to 9. In 2014, he heard the testimonies of David Clohessy and Mary Dispenza of SNAP, who were both survivors of clergy abuse and he became active at the local level to confront his bishop on the issue of clergy abuse. In 2015, he met Peter Saunders of the UK and Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP and was introduced to the national and international dimensions of clergy abuse in the Catholic Church.
José-Andrés Murillo-Urrutia was born in Santiago, Chile in 1975. He has a Doctorate in Philosophy and a Master in Sociology obtained from the University of Paris, France. He also has an MBA from the University Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. From 2010, Jose-Andres has been the current Executive Director of Fundación Para la Confianza, (Recovering Trust Foundation). He was a Jesuit novice for two years.
After working in the field of politic philosophy, he has now become an activist in the Rights of Children, working especially to prevent the sexual abuse of children in Chile.
Sara Oviedo has been defending human rights for the past 50 years in Ecuador, Latin America, where her work started under the guidance of Monseñor Leónidas Proaño, who was the Bishop of the liberation of the Indians. Sara is the Executive Director of the QuituRaymi Foundation and a global ambassador of the new SOKHRATES Social. Sara is also the Coordinator of the Academic Committee of the Hemispheric Network of Parliamentarians and Ex-Parlamentaries for Early Childhood. Sara served as the Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for four years and before that, for 20 years, she was a coordinator of child development programs at the INNFA and the
Matthias Katsch is a Professional Management and Communication Consultant and Founder and spokesperson for ECKIGER TISCH (squared table) representing men affected by sexual abuse in (boarding) schools of the Jesuits in Germany. ECKIGER TISCH claims inquiry, help for the survivors and compensation. In 1977, as a young boy, Matthias was the victim of sexual abuse by two Jesuit priests. In 2010 he publicly exposed what happened to him and many others in his former school, the famous Canisius Kolleg in Berlin, which triggered the government to create the German Round Table about child sexual abuse. Since 2012, Matthias has been a member of the advisory board for the Independent Representative for the issues of child abuse (UBSKM), fighting to establish an independent inquiry into child abuse. As a Member of the Board of Survivors, which was installed in 2015 by appointment through a panel of the German Bundestag (national parliament), he is a permanent guest of the German Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse.
Denise Buchanan is a Psychoneurologist, University Professor, Child Protection Advocate, Sacred Garden Designer, International Speaker and Author. Her book entitled “Sins of the Fathers: A True Story of Rape and Deception in the Catholic Church and Spiritual Renewal,” gained global attention when she was the first to reveal her experience of being sexually molested and impregnated by a priest at age 17 in Jamaica. She recalls her experience and how she survived the childhood trauma as a testimony to help others heal. Denise is a Certified Domestic Abuse Counselor and completed a dual PhD in Psychoneurology & Spiritual Consciousness and Integrative Holistic Health and Thriving. She is creating the first organization in the Caribbean to address justice for children sexually molested by priests and works towards helping survivors heal from sexual trauma through integrating mind-body-spirit healing modalities and garden therapy.