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Juan Carlos Cruz


Communications executive and global advocate for survivors of clerical abuse

Juan Carlos Cruz was born in Santiago, Chile, where he began his career as a journalist after earning his degree in Journalism and Communications. He became a citizen of the United States where he has lived for 20 years.

Juan Carlos is currently the Chief Communications Officer, Global Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Livent, one of the world’s largest lithium producers. Before joining Livent, he has held several executive positions in communications, brand, sustainability and public affairs at global companies such as DuPont, Banco Popular and United Airlines.

He is a published author of two books: “El Fin de la Inocencia,” (Penguin Random House, 2015) and “Abuso y Poder,” (Penguin Random House, 2020). He was the recipient of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for humanitarian work around the world.

In 2010 – together with two other friends – they created “Fundación para la Confianza,” a foundation dedicated to the support of survivors and prevention of abuse. In 2018, he also helped set up “Centro CUIDA,” the first research centre for the study and investigation of abuse in society at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Juan Carlos currently lives in Washington D.C.

In 2021, Pope Francis nominated him as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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