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THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK

INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM (“IRCP”)

REGARDING CLAIMS REPORTED TO THE DIOCESE PRIOR TO
October 16, 2017
An Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to pay victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse of minors was announced today by Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, 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 Barres and the distinguished members of the IRCP Independent Oversight Committee.
  • The Rockville Centre IRCP is modeled after the successful Programs of the Archdiocese of NY, launched in October of 2016, and the Brooklyn Diocese, launched in June of 2017, administered by Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros.
  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre comprises the territory of Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate in the Program. Only if the individual is satisfied with the compensation provided and signs a release does the individual agree to waive rights to litigate against the Rockville Centre Diocese.
  • The Rockville Diocese has already begun reaching out to victims who have previously notified the Diocese that they had suffered abuse by a member of the clergy of the Rockville Diocese in order to invite them to participate in the Program.
  • 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 of Rockville Centre cannot reject the Administrators’ final determinations as to eligibility and amount of compensation.
  • The program will be implemented in two Phases. Phase I of the Program is limited in scope to those individuals who previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse of minors to the Rockville Centre Diocese. Individuals who allege clergy sexual abuse, but have not previously complained to the Rockville Centre Diocese, will have an opportunity to seek compensation next 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.
  • After Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros have completed their initial outreach to those who have previously submitted a claim to the Diocese, they will begin to review claims by those who have not previously filed claims with the Diocese.
  • An Independent Oversight Committee has been created to oversee the implementation and administration of the IRCP. The Committee members are as follows: the Honorable A. Gail Prudenti, Dean of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and former Chief Administrative Judge of the courts of New York State; Michael Cardello III, a partner with the law firm of Moritt Hock & Hamroff and Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association; and Dr. Thomas Demaria, a New York State Psychologist who is the Director of the Psychological Services Center of the Doctoral Psychology Program at Long Island University Post.
  • The Program has no aggregate cap; the Diocese of Rockville Centre has agreed to pay whatever the Administrators deem appropriate in each and every individual case.
  • The effective date of the Program is October 16, 2017. All Phase I claims must be submitted to the Administrators by December 31, 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.