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.
Peter Isely is a survivor of childhood sexual assault by a priest. He is a Founding Member and Spokesperson for ECA USA and he was a founding member and long time Midwest Director of the US based SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a trauma specialist, Peter founded the world’s only inpatient unit for clergy abuse survivors. An activist and global spokesperson for survivors, Peter has led efforts to reform criminal and civil statutes on child abuse and has been an expert trial consultant for hundreds of clergy abuse cases. He co-founded with the Rev. James Connell the Survivors and Clergy Leadership Alliance (SCLA), an organization of survivors and clergy partnering to change faith based systems and practices that support or tolerate sexual violence. Peter is a recepient of the Public Service Award of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Thomas P. Cannon Equal Justice Medal of the Legal Aid Society, and the Rev. Peter J. Gomes Memorial Alumni Honors of Harvard University.
George Mead was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, USA and is the oldest of 9 children. George runs a homebuilding company and he is married with an adult daughter and son who are all educated in the Jesuit tradition. George was fully involved with his Jesuit parish Liturgy Commission where, among other responsibilities, he trained youth and adult lectors at St. Joseph Church. His activism started in 2014 when a parish priest was laicized after he admitted to sexually molesting up to 10 boys. As George continued to speak up and pray for the protection of children abused by clergy, his Church pastor removed him as a lector and no longer scheduled him for any of the masses of the community. Since that day, he has seldom walked into one of his very favorite spaces, St. Joseph 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 former Ministry of Social Welfare.
François Devaux is the Co-Founder of the Association La Parole Libérée. With my experience and expertise in the violence done to children and their psychological trauma, investing in this organization is first of all a civic duty which naturally imposed itself on me. I was motivated by a stupefaction of the unconsciousness and the irresponsibility and malice to which many of us have faced for almost 40 years. Because of this humble societal contribution, I intend to give back to our society some of what it has brought me.
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, 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 has a Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture. Denise completed a dual PhD in Psychoneurology and Integrative Health and Thriving and is creating the first organization in the Caribbean to address justice for children sexually molested by priests. Denise works towards helping survivors heal from sexual trauma through integrating mind-body-spirit healing modalities and garden therapy.
ALBERTO ATHIE GALLO
Alberto Athie Gallo was born in Mexico City on June 9, 1954. He was a priest from 1983 to 2003 and resigned from the ministry in 2003 for having denounced the sexual abuse of Fr. Marcial Maciel and having been expelled by Cardinal Rivera if he did not remain silent. Alberto has a Degree in Philosophy from the University of Valle de Atemajac, Jalisco, and a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Moral Theology, specializing in social sciences from the Gregorian University of Rome, Italy. In his Sabbatical he specialized in Ethnic Minorities in the United States at the Hesburg Center in Chicago, affiliated with the University of Notre Dame in Chicago.
Marek Lisinski is a survivor, social activist and President of the Polish Foundation Nie Lekajcie Sie. The Be Not Afraid Foundation, provides assistance to survivors of sexual abuse by the clergy. Marek was a victim of a pedophile priest at the age of 13. Marek co-founded and now manages the first and only Polish organization which attempts to identify the problem of clerical pedophilia in Poland and works on getting justice for survivors.
Miguel Hurtado was born in Barcelona. As a sixteen-year old boy, he was sexually abused by the priest in charge of his catholic youth group. When he reported his abuser to his religious superiors they moved the predator to a new placement and persuaded his devout catholic parents not to report the crime to the police. They also demanded strict confidentiality before agreeing to reimburse his therapy costs. Only years later did he discover that his case was part of a worldwide pattern of systematic and pervasive cover up of child sex abuse crimes committed by local and Vatican Church officials during decades. In 2014, Miguel participated as a survivor’s spokesperson during the historic Vatican’s appearance before the United Nations Committee of the Rights of the Child, in Geneva. He works as a child psychiatrist in London.
Pete Saunders was born and raised in Wimbledon, South West London. Pete was the youngest of five children and was abused by a family member, the head teacher of his primary school and two priests at his secondary school. When Pete realized he had to deal with his past in order to move on, he discovered there was no national organization in the UK that supported adult survivors of sexual abuse, so he set up NAPAC-The National Association for People Abused in Childhood. The charity has already supported hundreds of thousands of adult survivors and has a huge demand for its services. Pete is also a member of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel to the statutory Independent Inquiry in to Child Sexual Abuse, set up by the British Government in 2015 and until December 2017 was a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.