The Dallas Charter


What is it?

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, more commonly known as the Dallas Charter, is a comprehensive set of procedures originally established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. It was revised in 2005, 2011, and 2018. 

The Charter actively addresses:

  • Creating a safe environment for children and young people

  • Healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors

  • Ensuring prompt and effective response to allegations

  • Cooperating with civil authorities

  • Holding offenders accountable

  • Instituting a process of accountability for the future to ensure instances of allegations are dealt with swiftly and effectively, assisted by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board (NRB)

The National Review Board – Who are they?

In 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the National Review Board to directly involve expert, Catholic laity in a collaboration to prevent the sexual abuse of minors at the hands of American clergy. Each year, the Board reviews and reports on the progress of the Charter and recommends areas where the Church can improve their efforts.


Responsibilities of the National
Review Board


Dr. Francesco Cesareo,

Chairman, is president of Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Howard Healy*

is Senior Partner at Di Renzo and Bomier Law Firm in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Dr. Christopher McManus

is the owner and President of CP & RP McManus, MD, Ltd where McManus practices Internal Medicine in the Diocese of Arlington, VA.

Theresa Simak

is an Assistant State Attorney in the 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Donald Wheeler*

has more than forty years of public and private sector experience in managing investigative, audit and forensic resource to resolve complex issues of fact and law.

John Sheveland

is from the Diocese of Spokane in Washington. He is a current professor of religious studies for Gonzaga University. John has experience in curriculum development and has been a panelist and speaker at multiple conferences regarding theology.

Amanda Callanan,

Director of Communications for the Claremont Institute.

Suzanne Healy

was the Victims Assistance Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles from 2007 through 2016.

D. Jean Ortega-Piron*

was appointed Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in October 2011.

Jan Slattery

served as the Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth in the Archdiocese of Chicago from 2003-2015.

Elizabeth Hayden

is from the Diocese of St. Cloud in Minnesota. She has served as a district court judge and assistant county attorney. Elizabeth is also the current chair of the diocesan review board.

Garry E. Hall

is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral who currently chairs the review board of the Archdiocese of the Military Service and is an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Stacie LeBlanc

LeBlanc is the Executive Director of the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center and the Director of the Audrey Hepburn Children at Risk Evaluation (CARE) Center of Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

Eileen Puglisi

held the position of Director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Young People in the Diocese of Rockville Centre from 2003-2014.

Ernest Stark

currently serves as chair of the review boards for several religious communities including the Augustinians, Carmelites, Passionists, and Benedictines and is a member of the review board of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Belinda Ortega-Piron

is from the Diocese of Amarillo in Texas. She served as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for twenty years for the diocese, and was instrumental in forming their diocesan review board in the late nineties. Belinda also has experience working with both survivors and offenders.


Please visit here for more information on the National Review Board and its members. This coming June, the NRB will be welcoming the individuals displayed in a different color as new members.

*These members will complete their tour of duty at the conclusion of the 2019 June NRB meetings in Washington, DC.


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