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Abuse survivor and family will speak publicly for first time

8/29/2011 10:48:00 AM


Media Advisory

August 29, 2011


Chicago News Conference/Today

Abuse survivor and family will speak publicly for first time

Attorneys to Announce Archdiocese settlement with clergy abuse victim and new protocol for release of information on offenders

What:  At a news conference on Monday in Chicago prominent clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will:

  •  Announce the settlement of a lawsuit against the Chicago Archdiocese involving sexual abuse of Angel Santiago by Father Joseph Fitzharris while he was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish.
  • Introduce Santiago and his family.  Santiago, whose father was a janitor at St. Francis Xavier when Angel’s abuse occurred, will speak publicly about his abuse for the time.
  • In the interests of safety and the protection of children, discuss the successful negotiation with the Chicago Archdiocese for greater transparency and a new protocol to govern the release of names and information concerning offender priests.
  • Discuss 11 additional cases settled and with the Archdiocese over the past two years.

WHEN:  Monday, August 29 at 1 P.M.

WHERE:  Law offices of Kerns, Frost & Pearlman

                  Three First National Plaza

              70 West Madison, Suite 5350

WHO:   Attorney Jeff Anderson, an internationally known trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.   Attorney Marc Pearlman, Chicago-based attorney who has partnered with Jeff Anderson on numerous clergy abuse cases in Illinois.


Contact Jeff Anderson:  Office/651.227.9990  Mobile/612.817.8665

Contact Marc J. Pearlman: Office/312.261.4554