To educate clergy, employees and volunteers in the Archdiocese of Chicago on how to prevent child sexual abuse, how to recognize sex offender behaviors, and how to create safe environments for children and young people in our parishes, schools and community.


The Safe Environment Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago was created in January 2007 to ensure compliance with Articles 6, 12, and 13 of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter set forth that all dioceses/eparchies were to have clear and well-publicized standards of behaviors and boundaries (Article 6), maintain safe environment programs for all children and adults (Article 12), and evaluate the background of all lay employees, clergy, and all volunteers who would have contact with children (Article 13).

Over the years, the Safe Environment Office has become a resource to parishes and schools who share the Archdiocese’s commitment to protecting children and young people.


  • Virtus/Protecting God’s Children for Adults™ training
  • Virtus/Protecting God’s Children for Adults™ Facilitators training
  • Safe Environment training for children
  • Site Administrator training
  • Fingerprint Results
  • Monitoring of the Criminal Background Check System
  • Mandated Reporter training
  • Internet Safety training
  • Provide oversight for compliance with the USCCB Charter to 216 elementary schools, 40 high schools, and 357 parishes, shrines, and missions.
  • Oversee and maintain Children Matter Network which provides prevention resources for parents and caregivers.


Mayra Flores, BA, Safe Environment Coordinator