Media Release

Voice from the Desert
June 26, 2011


A media event and demonstration at which two new victims of Msgr. John Laferrera will speak about their abuse for the first time with their attorney.


At the side entrance of St. Philomena's Parish, 386 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, NJ

(in front of Livingston High School).


Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 8:15 AM until 1:00 PM. Media event at 11:30 AM


Angel and Miguel Nieves (going public for the first time), Sam and Dan Rivera (brothers who told their stories in March, 2011), Ernest Fabregas (who reported his abuse in 2009 and was told he was not credible), their families and supporters, Attorney Gregory Gianforcaro, and Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, a charity that assists survivors of clergy sexual abuse.


When Ernest Fabregas was told by Archbishop Myers that his sexual abuse allegations against Fr. John Laferrera in 2009 were not credible, he refused to take "no" for an answer. He knew there were other victims, and he found brothers Sam and Dan Rivera who then found five or six other victims. As a result of their networking and connecting with former altar boys at Immaculate Conception Parish in Newark, NJ, three more men have come forward. Two of those men, Angel and Miguel Nieves, will tell their stories at the media event along with their attorney, Greg Gianforcaro and advocate, Fr. Robert Hoatson. In March, 2011, a lawsuit was filed by four men. There are now eight litigants. The Archdiocese of Newark has not removed Msgr. John Laferrera, an alleged serial abuser of young boys, from ministry. Victims of Laferrera will call on the Archdiocese of Newark again to do the right thing, remove Laferrera, and encourage all victims of Laferrera to come forward to begin their healing.


Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc. 862-368-2800

Attorney Greg Gianforcaro 908-310-4624

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