If you qualify for the NY Archdiocese Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, or are not sure if you qualify, please call us at 888-981-6038 for a consultation (or submit an inquiry). There is no charge for the consultation and we maintain the highest possible standards of confidentiality.
We want you to know your rights and understand your options.
The deadline for submissions for Phase II is November 1, 2017.
The Archdiocese of New York (the Archdiocese) has implemented a program called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) that will accept reports of child sex abuse against clergy of the New York Archdiocese, evaluate the claims, and, if a claim is found to be credible, compensate the survivor. The program has two phases:
The deadline for submissions for Phase II is July 31, 2017.
The program is being administered by two independent administrators: Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros. They designed, implemented, and will administer Phase II of this program, and the Archdiocese has agreed to abide by their decisions and directives. The Archdiocese has also established an Independent Oversight Committee of three members who work with the Administrators and to whom the Administrators provide regular summaries, reports, and updates.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM?
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, past or present, committed by a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of New York is eligible to participate in Phase II of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. In addition, a legal representative of a survivor may submit a claim on their behalf. A legal representative includes an attorney, a parent or legal guardian, in the case of a minor; a spouse, descendant, relative, or other legally appointed person in the case of a deceased claimant; or a legally appointed guardian in the case of a person legally incompetent or incapacitated.
To summarize, claimants:
1. Must allege the sexual abuse was committed by a diocesan priest in New York Archdiocese
2. Must not have a reached a previously agreed upon settlement with the Archdiocese
The complaint may have previously been reported by the claimant to the District Attorney. That is not a disqualifying event.
PROVING YOUR CASE
The Administrators are the sole evaluators of all claims, and they base their decisions on the evidence and documentation provided. The Archdiocese has agreed to abide by the Administrators final decisions. Those decisions are legally binding to the Archdiocese; the Archdiocese may not reject them.
One key factor in the evaluation of any case is in finding the evidence provided is credible. This will include their evaluation of collaborating materials, such as medical records.
Among the factors the Administrators will use to evaluate credibility are:
Both Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and the IRCP maintain complete confidentiality. Once we file your claim, any information submitted will be used and disclosed only for:
As well, any claim that reaches an agreement of compensation must be forwarded to the District Attorney before compensation is awarded.
AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION
Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse will work tirelessly to help get you the justice you deserve by fighting for the maximum compensation possible.
The following factors are considered in determining the amount of compensation to be offered:
For a claim to be eligible for compensation, you must participate in the Program voluntarily and agree to its terms. However, you will not be required to release any legal rights until:
1. Compensation is determined
2. We notify you
3. You accept the payment, and
4. You execute a binding release.
1 – The Archdiocese’s Safe Environment Program conducts background checks on employees and volunteers. It also provides mandatory save environment training to everyone who works with children. The Safe Environment Program has also hired police officers to visit each parish and school to promote a safe environment.