Fighting for Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors for Decades
For nearly four decades we have fought alongside and for survivors of child sexual abuse by priests, nuns, employees, and volunteers of the Roman Catholic church, exposing perpetrators and holding those who covered up the abuse accountable. We have litigated cases nationwide against Catholic dioceses and religious orders, protestant religious organizations, and individual offenders. In each case, we strive to work directly with the survivor to empower him or her to regain their dignity, recover their power, and protect their identity.
We are smart, tough, and relentless, but the virtue that ultimately sets us apart is our compassion. We are people who feel deeply and work tirelessly in response to an unjust world. We have a reputation for being the best at what we do and that begins and ends with our ability to support, protect, and guide survivors along their journey toward justice and healing.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, nun, cleric, or employee of the Roman Catholic Church or any other religious institution, we want to help. Contact us confidentially today.
Clergy Abuse Survivor Resources
With offices in Minnesota, California, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois and Pennsylvania, an co-counsel across the country, survivors can be confident that our team has the knowledge, skills, and capability to guide them on their journey toward justice and healing. Please visit our Resources by State page to access information on survivor rights and window laws, perpetrator profiles, Chapter 11 bankruptcy information, vital information about dioceses across the country, and more. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Try the Search Window.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Across the country, statute of limitations reform and survivor-centric legislation have opened the courthouse doors and provided new rights for previously time-barred survivors of clergy sexual abuse. As a result, many Catholic dioceses have turned to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to protect their assets and limit survivors’ opportunities to hold them accountable. Even in states with “window” laws in effect, like California and New York, Chapter 11 bankruptcy can severely limit the amount of time survivors have to pursue justice. To-date, more than 30 Catholic dioceses and religious orders have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This can often be a daunting and complex process unique to the diocese or institution filing for Chapter 11. Please visit our Chapter 11 Bankruptcy FAQ page to learn more about this process and how it might impact you. You can also visit our Resources by State to learn about a specific diocese in a given state.
If you are a survivor of clergy sexual abuse as a child, we want to help. Contact us confidentially today.
Child Victims Acts
A number of states have signed into law legislation that has temporarily lifted the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse, allowing survivors of any age to bring civil claims against their abusers and the institutions responsible for those abusers. Commonly known as “window laws” or Child Victims Acts (CVAs) these laws have opened the courthouse doors for previously time-barred survivors to take legal action anonymously or publicly for a limited time. Our attorneys and advocates are well-versed in these laws and are ready to answer your questions and help you navigate the opportunities and challenges these laws present. CVAs are open in California, New York, and New Jersey.
The Anderson Reports on Clergy Sexual Abuse
Providing extensive priest assignment histories, photos and biographical notes of clerics and Church employees accused of sexual abuse, The Anderson Reports on Clergy Sexual Abuse are revolutionary in their scope and scale. By examining the assignment histories of accused priests, these reports excavate and expose child sexual abuse and cover-up in dioceses throughout the United States, and thoroughly illustrate the widespread use of the Catholic bishops’ playbook for hiding accused priests and avoiding scandal through reassignment, denial, and internal investigations.
Visit our Anderson Report archive to view clergy abuse reports for dioceses in Arizona, California, Colordao, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.