Safe Environment Program and Staff
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
                                                                     Phone: 330-744-8451
                                                                     Fax: 330-742-6448
                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  Spetember 6, 2016
SUBJECT         Safe Environment Program and Staff

MORE INFO      Rev. Msgr. John A. Zuraw, Chancellor   330.744.8451  

In its on-going efforts to insure that children are safe in every Catholic facility, the Diocese of Youngstown will expand its already existing safe environment program in three ways.  First, by implementing an internationally recognized and respected program to protect children and vulnerable adults called VIRTUS.  Second, by the appointment of retired Detective Sergeant Delphine Baldwin-Casey of the Youngstown Police Department as Victim Assistance Coordinator.  And third, by the appointment of Msgr. John A. Zuraw, Chancellor of the Diocese, as Coordinator of the Safe Environment Program.  The appointments of Sergeant Baldwin-Casey and Msgr. Zuraw will take effect on September 6, 2016.

In choosing the VIRTUS program and making these appointments, Bishop Murry stated: “These efforts will further strengthen our public commitment to protect children and vulnerable adults from any immoral and illegal activities by Church personnel.  Nothing is more important than protecting those who are defenseless.”

As Victim Assistance Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Baldwin-Casey is the first point of contact for those persons who claim to have been sexually abused by clergy, religious, church personnel or volunteers. 

A 31 year veteran of the Youngstown Police Department, Delphine Baldwin-Casey is a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, a graduate of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and received her AAS Degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University. Detective Sergeant Baldwin-Casey retired in 2010 and presently serves as an instructor at the Youngstown State University Police Academy as a Mahoning County Reserve Deputy and as an Ohio Peace Officer Instructor for Crisis intervention, Domestic Violence and Culture diversity.

Detective Sergeant Baldwin-Casey also received special training in the Ohio Protocol for the Treatment of Adult Sexual Assault, Interviewing the Victim, Victimology, Sexual Assault First Responder, Identifying Sex Offenders, Non Stranger Sexual Assaults and Sexual Predator, Abuse Crimes that Affect Victims and the Church, Domestic Violence and the Religious Community and Empowering Victims.

As the Safe Environment Coordinator, Msgr. John A. Zuraw, who holds a degree in Canon Law will ensure accountability on the Diocesan level for the implementation of the VIRTUS program and for the compliance of the Essential Norms as called for in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

 Persons who feel that they have been a victim of child abuse by a priest, deacon, seminarian, religious, including those in formation, diocesan employee or volunteer, and persons who have reason to suspect that someone they know has been a victim, should call the Victim Assistance Coordinator Det. Sergeant Delphine Baldwin-Casey at 330-718-1388.

For more information, contact Rev. Msgr. John A. Zuraw, Chancellor at 330-744-8451.