Morgan & Morgan Attorneys Investigating Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuits
Victims of sex abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of New York are able to pursue compensation from a special program set up by the church.
Survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New York are brave people who have endured so much. We want to help these victims heal, aiding in their fight for justice for themselves and others who were abused as children by priests.
In the wake of the child sex abuse scandal, which spans five decades and involves at least 200 known victims, the NY Archdiocese has established a program to compensate victims, even for abuse claims that are decades old. However, there is a time limit for when you can submit your claim. We’re here to help you with this settlement process.
What is the Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”)?
The Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, formed by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg, is assigned to determine eligibility and award compensation for victims of sexual abuse by clergy members.
The IRCP is composed of two phases. This first phase addresses the roughly 170 victims known to the church who have not received compensation for their suffering. Phase II, which begins Feb. 1, will see the IRCP collect and review new allegations against offenders in the clergy both known and unknown, which will be investigated by both the Archdiocese and authorities from district attorneys’ offices.
What Makes Someone Eligible for Compensation?
To be eligible for compensation under Phase I of the ICRP, you must meet the following conditions:
- You have previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse as a minor to the Archdiocese of New York
- Your complaint was directed at a clergy member belonging to the Archdiocese of New York, and not another religious order or diocese
- You have not previously settled a sexual abuse claim with the Archdiocese
What Do I Do if I’m a Victim Known to the Archdiocese?
If you are one of the roughly 170 known sexual abuse victims, contact our attorneys today at 877-785-3815 to pursue a claim against the Archdiocese of New York. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.
What if I’m a Victim Who Hasn’t Come Forward to the Archdiocese?
If you were sexually abused as a minor by a clergy member and have not previously come forward as a victim, you may be eligible to participate in Phase II of the IRCP when it becomes available on Feb. 1.
What Can I Recover From a Clergy Sex Abuse Lawsuit?
There is no cap for individual compensation, according to the Archdiocese of New York, and the fund could conceivably cost millions of dollars.
By submitting a claim, you could potentially recover compensation from the fund. You’ll also be holding the Archdiocese responsible for rampant abuse and negligence that has occurred over the past decades.
Submitted claims will be paid out within 60 days from the date of eligibility as determined by the Archdiocese of New York. Contact us today at 877-785-3815 for more information and/or to pursue a claim.
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