The Buffalo Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church announced that sex abuse victims may be entitled to monetary compensation.
What is the Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program (IRCP)?
The Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program, or IRCP for short, offers an opportunity for victims of sexual assault by a Priest to submit information about the abuse and be awarded monetary compensation.
What is the deadline to apply to the IRCP program?
May 16, 2018 is the initial deadline for Phase I claims.
How do I apply to claim compensation from the IRCP?
You will receive a letter in the mail and that will tell you how to apply. If you do not receive a letter by February 28, 2018, this may be in error and you should contact a lawyer immediately to see what to do next.
How much does an IRCP Lawyer cost?
As a sexual abuse survivor and sex abuse victim in this situation, you will not pay anything to a lawyer unless they win you money from the IRCP settlement program. At Merson Law, you will get a free private, caring and confidential consultation. Merson Law also does not charge hourly fees for our legal services.
Do I have to retain an IRCP lawyer?
No. However, you will eventually need a lawyer to help you understand and sign the settlement documents before you get money. You can either have a lawyer provided to you by the Diocese, or you can pick out your own private lawyer, which is recommended.
Do I have to apply for IRCP?
The IRCP settlement program is NOT mandatory and you do not lose any of your rights to sue the Roman Catholic Church Buffalo Diocese unless the amount of money offered to you is acceptable. However, you have nothing to lose by participating in the IRCP program unless the amount of money offered to you is acceptable.
If I accept the money, do I have to keep what happened to me confidential?
NO, you don’t have to remain silent in the face of your abusers. Rest assured that you will not be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Your pain, the horrible abuse you went through because of the Syracuse Diocese and your story of survival will always be yours to tell in your voice. You can still discuss whatever happened with anyone you like.
If I apply for the program, is the information public?
NO. This is a private program. People will only learn about what happened to you if you tell them.
How much is my IRCP sex abuse claim worth?
The monetary value of your IRCP claim depends on many factors. We have represented individuals in the IRCP programs in New York, Brooklyn, Syracuse and Rockville Centre and can provide you with information about how claims are evaluated. Rest assured that we will fight to get you the maximum amount allowed.
Should I hire an IRCP Lawyer?
Hiring a Lawyer for the IRCP sex abuse claim settlement process is entirely voluntary and ultimately your choice. However, in order to ensure your IRCP claim submission is accurate, complete and gives you the best chance at getting the most amount of money, it just makes sense to hire an IRCP experienced Lawyer. At Merson Law, we will prepare your entire submission, get records and evidence from third parties and communicate with the Diocese, IRCP and their lawyers on your behalf.
What if I have not previously told the Syracuse Diocese about the abuse?
Don’t worry. Just because you didn’t say anything before doesn’t mean it’s not a valid claim. You may still be entitled to compensation. Give us a call or write to us to get some help and clarity around this sensitive issue. Remember this is all confidential and you don’t have to be afraid or ashamed. You deserve justice.
Do you still have questions not answered above or about the Syracuse Diocese IRCP settlement program in general?
We understand that surviving sexual abuse at the hands of somebody you are supposed to be able to trust is incredibly tough and affects your entire life. That’s why it’s so important to get the help you deserve from people who truly care. Call Merson Law anytime at 212 603-9100 or use the confidential contact form below for help. We are happy to answer any of your questions any time and will do so with the utmost of confidentiality, completely free of charge.