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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF OGDENSBURG, NEW YORK

INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM

REGARDING CLAIMS REPORTED TO THE DIOCESE PRIOR TO
March 1, 2018
An Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to pay victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse of minors (the “IRCP”) was announced today by Bishop Terry R. LaValley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York (the “Diocese”). Read Press Release
  • The Diocese has engaged Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros (the “Administrators”) to design, implement and administer a program for the submission, evaluation, and settlement of individual claims of sexual abuse of a minor reported to the Diocese prior to March 1, 2018.
  • The Diocese of Ogdensburg (the “Diocese”) IRCP is modeled after the successful programs of the Archdiocese of NY, the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY, and the Diocese of Syracuse, NY. All three of these programs are administered by Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros.
  • The IRCP is purely a voluntary program; no individual is required to participate. An individual only waives rights to litigate against the Diocese if the individual is satisfied with the compensation provided and signs a release of liability.
  • The Diocese has already begun reaching out to victims who have previously notified the Diocese that they suffered abuse as a minor by a member of the clergy of the Diocese in order to invite them to participate in the IRCP.
  • Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros retain complete and sole discretion over all eligibility decisions and the settlement compensation amounts for eligible victims. By agreement, the Diocese cannot reject the Administrators’ final determinations as to eligibility and amount of compensation.
  • The program is limited in scope to those individuals who submitted a report of sexual abuse of a minor to the Diocese prior to March 1, 2018. Claims not previously reported to the Diocese are not eligible for participation in the IRCP at this time. At the conclusion of the IRCP, a decision will be made as to whether or not the program will be expanded to include any newly received complaints.
  • The effective date of the IRCP is March 1, 2018. All claims must be submitted to the Administrators by May 31, 2018.

 

Please note: If you have received a Claim Form packet from the Ogdensburg IRCP notifying you of your potential eligibility to participate in the Ogdensburg Program, your claim has already been reported by the Diocese to the appropriate authorities of the local District Attorneys’ Offices. You do not have to independently notify the DA’s office of these allegations.