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Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of New York

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced a plan to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”). This program was only available to survivors of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New York. Additionally, the program was limited to only those individuals who previously reported sexual abuse to the Archdiocese of New York. The IRCP also excluded survivors of sexual abuse who were abused by a member of a religious order or clergy who worked in the Archdiocese of New York, but were not Archdiocesan priests.

Furthermore, if you received a settlement in the past for the sexual abuse you suffered as a child, you were not eligible to participate in the IRCP. Cardinal Dolan set an arbitrary deadline of January 31, 2017, to participate in Phase I of the program. Claims were evaluated by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros who determined eligibility to participate in the program and a survivor’s overall compensation for the sexual abuse they suffered.

After the Phase I, January 31, 2017, deadline passed, the Archdiocese of New York announced Phase II of the IRCP. Phase II was for individuals who had not previously contacted the Archdiocese regarding sexual abuse allegations by clergy. All submissions were forwarded to the office of the District Attorney for review and the matter was investigated and examined by the Archdiocese Lay Review Board.

The deadline for submissions for Phase II was November 1st, 2017.

If a sexual abuse survivor entered into an agreement with the Archdiocese of New York and decided to proceed with compensation, the survivor waived all future rights to litigate against the Archdiocese of New York.

We encourage all survivors of clergy sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim against the Archdiocese of New York.

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Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Brooklyn

On June 21, 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced a plan to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse. This program is nearly identical to the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) offered by the Archdiocese of New York. The Diocese of Brooklyn’s IRCP is only available to survivors of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Phase I of the compensation program is only available to those individuals who previously reported sexual abuse to the Diocese of Brooklyn. The IRCP excludes sexual abuse survivors who were abused by a member of a religious order or clergy who worked in the Diocese of Brooklyn, but were not Diocesan priests.

The deadline for submissions for Phase II is December 21, 2017.

Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of clergy sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim against the Diocese of Brooklyn.

If a sexual abuse survivor enters into an agreement with the Diocese of Brooklyn and decides to proceed with compensation, the survivor waives all future rights to litigate against the Diocese of Brooklyn.

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Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Rockville Centre

On October 6, 2017, the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced a plan to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse. This program is similar to the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) offered by the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre’s IRCP is only available to survivors of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The IRCP excludes sexual abuse survivors who were abused by a member of a religious order or clergy who worked in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, but were not Diocesan priests.

This financial compensation program is available now, regardless of the statute of limitations or when the sexual abuse occurred.

The deadline for submissions for Phase I is December 31, 2017.

If a sexual abuse survivor enters into an agreement with the Diocese of Rockville Centre and decides to proceed with financial compensation, the survivor waives all future rights to litigate against the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of clergy sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim against the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Suffolk County Grand Jury Report

On February 10, 2003, the Suffolk County Grand Jury Report was released after an investigation into the Diocese of Rockville Centre, its priest and its parishes. The Grand Jury examined personnel records of the diocese’s priests, including secret archive files of 43 priests. The Grand Jury concluded that “officials in the Diocese failed in their responsibility to protect children” and “ignored complaints about the sexually abusive behavior of priests.” Find more information on the 2003 Suffolk County Grand Jury Report here: www.bishop-accountability.org

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Clergy Sexual Abuse in New York

If you were sexually abused by clergy in New York, we want to help. Our law firm has over three decades of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and we have litigated cases nationwide against Catholic dioceses and religious orders.

We have a team in New York dedicated to helping survivors of clergy sexual abuse. We will listen to your story and work tirelessly in response to the injustice you have suffered. We will support, protect and guide you along your journey toward justice and healing. You information will remain completely confidential.

On June 21, 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn announced its compensation program. The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced a similar compensation program on October 6, 2017.

The deadline to act for the Diocese of Brooklyn, Phase II is December 21, 2017.

The deadline to act for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Phase I is December 31, 2017.

Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of clergy sexual abuse to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim against the Archdiocese of New York.

Please contact our law firm confidentially today at (646)-759-2551 or

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New York Childs Victim Act

Sexual abuse survivors in the Archdiocese of New York are fighting to pass the New York Child Victims Act (A1771-S6367). Different versions of the Child Victims Act will extend or eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse and allow survivors to obtain the help, healing and justice they deserve. The Child Victims Act can also help hold institutions accountable for covering up for the abusers. New York legislators may vote on the Child Victims Act after the legislative session resumes in 2017.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan introduced a compensation program in the Archdiocese of New York for sexual abuse survivors abused by priests in the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese’s plan only includes survivors in the Archdiocese who were abused by Archdiocesan priests, excluding those abused by religious order priests, other religious, and lay persons. We encourage clergy sexual abuse survivors to consult with legal counsel before participating in this program with the Archdiocese of New York.

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