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Catholic Priest Sexual Abuse

Are You A Survivor Of Sexual Abuse By A Catholic Priest?

In the past few years, thousands of cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have been reported by the media. According to a CNN report, an estimated 8,600 survivors have received over $3.8 billion in restitution from the Catholic Church for claims involving allegations of sexual abuse, but experts believe the number of victims is over 100,000. At James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. we know the toll sexual abuse can take on you and will work to obtain compensation for your trauma. Your case remains confidential unless and until you decide to pursue your case.

Signs Of Sexual Abuse 

Many survivors carry the weight of their trauma with them for years after it occurs. Common symptoms of abuse include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Difficulty establishing relationships
  • Guilt
  • Low self-esteem

Financial Compensation Without Filing Suit Or Publicity

Independent Reconciliation Compensation Programs (IRCP) have been set up by dioceses in several states, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado and California, to compensate survivors of sexual assault by Catholic priests. The largest program is administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who led compensation programs for victims after the 9/11 attacks and the Boston Marathon Bombing.

James F. Humphreys will help you file a claim through an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) and fight to get you the compensation you deserve, fast. Those filing a claim through the IRCP won’t have to go to court, be subjected to a drawn out process or have to go through depositions.

Participating Dioceses

New York

  • Brooklyn (including Queens)
  • Rockville Centre (Long Island)
  • Syracuse
  • Ogdensburg

New Jersey

  • Newark
  • Camden
  • Trenton
  • Paterson
  • Metuchen


  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Erie
  • Scranton
  • Allentown
  • Greensburg
  • Harrisburg


  • Denver
  • Colorado Springs
  • Pueblo

If you or someone you love was a victim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest or deacon, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to discuss your claim. The information you provide will be kept confidential until you’re prepared to move forward with your claim.

Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program FAQs

What is IRCP?

The first Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) was established by the Archdiocese of New York in October 2016. Since then, dioceses across the country have created their own programs, and many are overseen by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros, attorneys who are independent of the church. When a claim is made against a priest or deacon, Feinberg and Biros review the evidence and determine how much the claim is worth based on a number of factors.

If I pursue an IRCP claim, can I still bring a lawsuit? 

The IRCP program is voluntary and non-binding. You retain the right to bring a lawsuit unless and until you accept a monetary award from the diocese. Since the statute of limitations has expired for most IRCP participants, this program is their only avenue for compensation.

What is the statute of limitations for my child sex abuse claims?

The statute of limitations varies from state to state. For example, in New York, the statute expires after a survivor turns 23-years-old.

Who evaluates my IRCP claim?

Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros are the facilitators of many IRCPs. They are lawyers and are not employees of the Archdiocese. They have determined compensation for the victims and survivors of several tragedies, including 9/11 and the Boston Marathon.

Can I file an IRCP claim?

If you were sexually abused by a Catholic priest or deacon, you may have grounds to file an IRCP claim. To discuss your case, contact our firm today.

How do I determine if I can participate in the IRCP?

The IRCP protocols are nuanced and require a deep understanding of the process. James F. Humphreys can help you navigate the program and get you the compensation you deserve.

Is there a deadline for filing and IRCP claim?

Yes, each diocese has their own deadline for filing a claim. To learn about the specifics applying to your claim, contact James F. Humphreys today.

What if I was sexually abused and my claims aren’t covered by the IRCP?

You may still have options. Other organizations are considering similar programs compensate child sex abuse victims. Contact our firm for more information.

We Will Fight For Your Financial Compensation

If you or a loved one suffered abuse as a child or adult you may be entitled to financial compensation. While many states have statutes of limitations on when a claim can be filed, every situation is different. Contact us today to learn if you’re eligible for financial compensation. Financial compensation can be obtained for the following items:

  • Pain
  • Suffering
  • Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability and lost earnings
  • Lost time for family
  • Medical treatment

Why James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C.? 

James F. Humphreys has more than four decades of experience fighting for those who have been wronged by the conduct of others. At James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. we know the emotional toll sexual abuse can take on someone. We work to ensure those who were subjected to pain and suffering are compensated for their injuries.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn how we can help you file a Catholic priest sexual abuse claim.

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