Barbara Dorris spent the past sixteen years working with leaders around the world as SNAP’s (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Outreach Director before assuming the role of Executive Director in 2017. She has managed international and national conferences, worked with media, helped to prepare a case to present to the ICC and the UN committee on the Rights of the Child. She has talked with thousands of survivors, trained volunteer leaders and help to start dozens of support groups. In her role as former executive director, she guided the organization into a new era, helping to build strategic partnerships, expanding SNAP’s role in exposing institutional corruption in the cover-up of child sexual abuse in institutions.
Barb came into the movement to end clergy sex abuse as a part of her own personal journey. As a young child, she was repeatedly raped by a priest who convinced her that she was so evil she could "make a priest sin.” She didn’t disclose the abuse for decades. But as an adult, working as a teacher in her parish school, she witnessed the associate pastor molesting a little girl. The fight to have him arrested brought her to the survivor movement in 1991.