Colorado Independent Compensation Program
On October 7, 2019, the Catholic dioceses of Colorado (including the Archdiocese of Denver, the Diocese of Pueblo, and the Diocese of Colorado springs) launched an Independent Compensation Program (ICP) to provide compensation to survivors of clergy sexual abuse of minors by clergy. According to the official ICP website, “all claims must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2020.” Additional details of the compensation program can be found here.
Although pursuing an ICP might be the right decision for some survivors, we believe there is a better way to protect children and find justice. These compensation programs only offer compensation; they do not require full transparency regarding clergy abuse and how these dioceses protected perpetrator priests, as litigation likely would. Nor do they require the dioceses to implement child protection protocols, as litigation likely would. In addition, survivors of child sexual abuse by members of religious orders, priests from other dioceses or lay persons are not eligible to participate in the programs. And survivors who accept compensation through the programs waive their right to file a lawsuit against the dioceses in the future.
Before making a decision concerning such serious and sensitive matters, we encourage all survivors of child sexual abuse by priests, other Catholic clergy, or employees of the Catholic Church in Colorado to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with a claim.
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