INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION and COMPENSATION PROGRAM ("IRCP")
For the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania
For Compensation of Certain Individual Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy of the Diocese of Allentown
Important Notice: The deadline for submission of all Claims is September 30, 2019.
On November 8, 2018, the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania (the "Diocese") announced the formation of the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (the "IRCP") to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse of minors by clergy of the Diocese, and/or clergy of a religious order who has worked under contract or by official assignment in the parishes, schools or charitable agencies expressly assigned by the Bishop of the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Diocese has retained Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros, to serve as Administrators of the IRCP and to begin work effective April 23, 2019. Read Press Release
The key features of the Program are as follows:
- The Program is purely voluntary; no individual is required to participate in the Program. Only if the individual is satisfied with the compensation provided does the individual agree to waive rights to litigate against the Diocese.
- Individuals who previously submitted a complaint of sexual abuse to the Diocese will have an opportunity to seek compensation from this Program.
- The Administrators will send each victim/survivor who has previously reported a claim of abuse to the Diocese, and for whom the Diocese has sufficient contact information, a packet of information about the Program with a copy of the Claim Form. Each packet will include the Claim Form, the Protocol and Frequently Asked Questions will also be made available to Claimants. Program materials will be translated into Spanish upon request. If you have not received your packet by May 1, 2019 and believe you are eligible to participate in the Program, please contact the Administrators via email at claimantservices@AllentownDioceseIRCP.com or via telephone at 1 833-267-6389.
- Individuals who have not previously reported a claim alleging sexual abuse of a minor by clergy of the Allentown Diocese should contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1-800-791-9209. Each individual will be asked to provide the Diocese with the following information: his or her name and contact information, a summary description of the claim, including the date(s), nature, and location(s) of the alleged abuse, and the name of the alleged perpetrator. Such information will be forwarded to the local District Attorney by the Diocese. In addition, where appropriate, the Diocese will have the matter investigated by its own independent investigators and examined by the Independent Review Board. Claims of abuse not previously reported to the Diocese (prior to April 23, 2019) are not eligible for participation in the IRCP at this time. At the conclusion of the review of all previously reported claims, a decision will be made as to whether or not the Program will be expanded to include these newly received complaints.
- Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros retain complete and sole discretion over eligibility and all compensation offers to eligible victims who participate in the Program. By agreement, the Diocese cannot reject the Administrators’ final determinations as to eligibility and amount of compensation.
- An Independent Oversight Committee will oversee the implementation and administration of the IRCP. The Members of the Oversight Committee for the IRCP are as follows:
- The Honorable Edward N. Cahn (former Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania now retired);
- Lisa B. Garbacik, M.B.A., PHR, Executive Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator at Cedar Crest College; and
- The Honorable Richard Grucela (former State Representative for District 137 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania).
- Individuals who previously settled their sexual abuse claims with the Diocese will not be permitted to participate in the Program.
- Eligible claims will be paid within two weeks from the time that a submitted claim is deemed eligible, compensation is determined and a Release is received by the Administrators.
- The effective date of the Program is April 23, 2019. All claims submitted to the Administrators must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2019.