Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP): Phase II Protocol
(Financial/Monetary Compensation Program)

In October 2016, the Archdiocese of New York announced that “in its efforts to respond to the scourge of sexual abuse of minors by clergy” the Archdiocese established a program that seeks “to promote healing and bring closure by providing compensation to victim-survivors of abuse by priests or deacons of the archdiocese.” The Archdiocese of New York’s programs is called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). The Archdiocese is currently in Phase II of this program. Some sexual abusers in Phase I were Fr. John O’Keefe, Fr. Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile and Fr. Kenneth O’Connell.

If you are a victim or survivor of sexual abuse by clergy of the Archdiocese of New York and it helps you try to heal then you should consider entering into the Compensation Program.

If you do want to participate in this program you should be aware there is a short deadline to apply: November 1, 2017 is the deadline.

If you do wish to participate in Phase II of the Archdiocese of New York’s compensation program, this firm with the assistance of New York counsel can assist you in assembling the necessary papers and application for compensation. We have successfully represented clergy sexual abuse victims and survivors in obtaining compensation from a number of dioceses and religious orders in the United States.

If you file an application in Phase II you are under no obligation to accept the financial offer of settlement by the Archdiocese of New York before you sign a Full Release of Liability.
Phase II applies to clergy sexual abuse victims and survivors who were sexually abused by clergy of the Archdiocese of New York.

It is important that your claim be properly prepared before being evaluated by the Administrators of the Compensation Program. For example, with regard to corroboration, historical records, such as medical records and therapy records, should be collected and reviewed, oral and written communications concerning the clergy sexual abuse should be examined and law enforcement records should be obtained and reviewed. The Administrators must find that the facts and circumstances of the claim of clergy sexual abuse demonstrate that the allegations are credible and that the clergy sexual abuse victim or survivor provides sufficient corroboration and proof to justify the payment of compensation.

The lack of sufficient corroboration and proof of the allegations of clergy sexual abuse will be taken into account by the Administrators in determining the credibility of the claim and eligibility for compensation. You are allowed to supplement your pending claim with additional information.

The deadline to submit a claim within Phase II is on or before November 1, 2017. If you accept the settlement offer, the Archdiocese will require you to sign a Full Release of Liability waiving all future legal rights to bring a claim or an action against all responsive parties. You will not be bound by any kind of Confidentiality Agreement.

The Administrators expect to review claims and make payments to eligible claimants on a rolling basis.

Please note that the above statement is just a brief discussion of Phase II of the Archdiocese of New York Compensation Program or Protocol and is no way exhaustive in the description of the Phase II Compensation Program or Protocol.