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THE INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM FOR THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (“IRCP”)

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Compensation of Certain Individual Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors Previously Submitted to the Diocese of Brooklyn (Phase I)
June 22, 2017
An Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to pay victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse of minors was announced today by Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York (the “IRCP”). Read Press Release
The Administrators, Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, will begin this assignment and will work with Bishop DiMarzio and the distinguished members of the IRCP Independent Oversight Committee.
  • The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate in the Program. Only if the individual is satisfied with, and agrees to accept, the offered compensation, does the individual agree to waive his/her rights to litigate against the Diocese of Brooklyn.
  • The Program is limited in scope to those individuals who previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor to the Diocese of Brooklyn. Individuals who allege clergy sexual abuse, but have not previously complained to the Diocese of Brooklyn, will have an opportunity to seek compensation later this year during Phase II of this Program. These individuals may register immediately with the Program, providing their names, contact information and a summary description of the nature of the claim, including the dates, time, location of the alleged abuse and the name of the alleged perpetrator.
  • Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros retain complete and sole discretion over all compensation awards to eligible victims, including eligibility to participate in the Program and the amounts of compensation. By agreement, the Diocese of Brooklyn cannot reject the Administrators’ final determinations as to eligibility and the amount of compensation.
  • An Independent Oversight Committee consisting of Joseph P. Dunne, the former First Deputy Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, and the Honorable Joseph Golia, former Queens County Supreme Court Judge and Associate Justice for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, have agreed to serve as members of this Committee to oversee the implementation and administration of the IRCP.
  • The Program has no aggregate cap; the Diocese of Brooklyn has agreed to pay whatever the Administrators deem appropriate in each and every individual case.
  • Individuals who previously settled their sexual abuse claims with the Diocese of Brooklyn will not be permitted to participate in the Program.
  • Individuals who allege sexual abuse as a minor by a member of a religious order or clergy of another diocese are not eligible to participate in the Program, although the complaints will be forwarded to the superior of the religious order or bishop of such diocese.
  • Payments to eligible claimants will be made within 15 days of execution and return to the Administrators of a signed release by the individual agreeing to waive rights to litigate against the Diocese of Brooklyn.
  • The effective date of the Program is June 22, 2017. All claims submitted to the Administrators must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2017.

To Register for Phase II:

Individuals who wish to participate in Phase II may immediately register with the Administrators on the Program website by providing their names, contact information and a summary description of the nature of the claim, including the dates, time, location of the alleged abuse and name of the alleged perpetrator. Such information will be maintained in strict confidence in conjunction with Phase II of this Program except that it will be forwarded to the local office of the District Attorney by the registrant and the Diocese for initial review of the allegations. In addition, the Diocese will have the matter investigated by its own independent investigators. Please note: If the allegation is directed at clergy of another diocese or religious order, your information will be forwarded to that entity for response.
Click Here to register to receive Phase II Program information when it becomes available.