Panel Today, Wednesday, February 8: Is the Vatican Legally Accountable for Sexual Violence Against Children by Clergy?

Event Notice


Event poster shows an image of a court juxtaposed with an image of the Vatican.

February 8, 2012

“Sexual Violence against Children by Clergy: Is the Vatican Legally Accountable?”

12:00- 1:15 pm

Wasserstein 2019 Milstein West B.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Center for Constitutional Rights have submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court prosecutor, requesting an investigation of the Vatican for crimes against humanity. The filing charges that Vatican officials tolerate, enable, and fail to stop the systematic concealing of sex crimes by clergy against children.

Please join us for a discussion of the background and international legal framework for this action with: Barbara Blaine, Founder & President, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests; Pam Spees, Senior International Human Rights Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; and Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law.

This event is open to the public, and is being co-sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights; Women’s Law Association; Child and Youth Advocates; and the HLS Chapter of the ACLU.