New York Archdiocese and the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program


unnamedIf you or someone you know has been the victim of child sex abuse by a member of the Catholic clergy, it is important that you know that the New York Archdiocese has implemented a program called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) to investigate and evaluate claims of child sex abuse by Catholic priests which cannot be brought in the courts because of the lapse of time.  Typically, these claims occurred during the childhood of persons who are now adults who still bear the lifelong shame and psychological harm of this traumatic abuse.

Donald D. Brown, Esq., senior partner in the firm of Spiegel Brown & Fichera, LLP with offices in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Manhattan, has been prosecuting claims on behalf of clergy abuse victims for the past 15 years and has obtained one of the highest reported award under the IRC Program of the Archdiocese of New York.  He has been recognized by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for his pro bono representation of survivor’s families in the September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund, as well.

Mr. Brown is a graduate of the St. John’s University School of Law and Marist College, as well as the Catholic school system in the City of New York and Long Island.  He has established a policy of accepting these abuse cases on a reduced contingency fee basis.

Perhaps one of the most critical factors is that Mr. Brown and the firm of Spiegel Brown & Fichera, LLP have a total commitment to ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY and extend complete assurances of same from your first phone call through every stage of the proceeding.  All of your questions will be answered and there is no charge or legal fee, unless or until we obtain an award for you.

The deadline for the submission of claims to the Archdiocese of New York’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program has recently been extended to November 1, 2017.  The process is open to all claims of sexual abuse, past or present, against any priest in the Archdiocese of New York[1] whether previously reported or not.  It is critical, however, that evidence be accumulated and that the claims be documented.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of clergy abuse, please do not hesitate to call Donald D. Brown, Esq., at (845) 452-7400 for a completely confidential consultation in one of our conveniently located offices.

The Archdiocese of New York includes Manhattan, Staten Island, The Bronx and the seven upstate counties of Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam, Ulster and Sullivan.  In addition, the Diocese of Brooklyn, announced just recently that it is establishing a similar compensation program for sex abuse victims of at least 54 priests in the Boroughs of  Brooklyn and Queens who have abused at least 280 different victims, already known, dating back as far as the 1930s.