Diocese of Buffalo Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program IRCP
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Diocese of Buffalo Announces Compensation Program for Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse
On March 1, the Diocese of Buffalo announced a compensation program for survivors of clergy sex abuse in the area. The Buffalo Diocese includes eight counties in western New York: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Chautauqua, Wyoming, Cattauraugus and Allegany.
Buffalo’s compensation program, called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), is modeled after similar programs in the New York Archdiocese and Dioceses in Brooklyn, Rockville Centre, and Syracuse that seek to provide healing and relief to survivors of clergy abuse.
This program, like others in the state, are voluntary and administered by individuals independent of the Catholic Church. Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Jerome Gorski and former New York State Supreme Court Justice and former Surrogate Judge Barbara Howe will oversee the programs and determine compensation amounts. The program is only open to those who reported their abuse to the Diocese before March 1. Eligible survivors must file a claim with the program before June 1, 2018 to participate.
If you have questions about eligibility or enrolling in the program, Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse can help. For a free consultation, please call us at 888-981-6038 or submit an inquiry through our website. Everything discussed will be privileged and confidential.