Brooklyn Diocese Sexual Abuse Attorney
In February 2019, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn named 108 clergy members who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors within their diocese – one of the largest disclosures of alleged abusers in a single diocese. Sexual abuse remains an ongoing crisis within the Catholic Church, and although they have instituted programs to facilitate compensation to survivors, accepting these offers may not be the right option for survivors.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Brooklyn, please contact our abuse attorneys in New York to discuss your case. We understand the decades of pain and frustration you may be feeling, and we are dedicated to pursuing justice on your behalf.
Why Choose Us?
- We have over 20 years of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse, totaling over $2 billion successfully recovered for our clients.
- We have a deep understanding of the compensation process as it pertains to the church, and strive for the maximum possible compensation for your needs – and to punish the Brooklyn Diocese.
- We understand the difficulties of coming forward in such a case, so we uphold the highest standards of confidentiality and anonymity in order to protect your identity and keep you safe.
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we are focused on the healing process for our clients, ensuring that your needs are met above everything else.
The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program
In 2017, the Diocese of Brooklyn instituted a plan to distribute compensation to any survivors of sexual abuse with eligible claims against the diocese. Called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), this initiative was administered by a third-party to properly assess and evaluate any claims, distributing the proper amount of compensation it deemed was necessary.
Although the claims period has passed, it is not unrealistic to think another phase of funding may come around in the coming years. However, it is important to note that filing and accepting an offer from the IRCP may not necessarily be in your best interests.
- If you accept the offer set forth by the IRCP, you forfeit any right to file a lawsuit against the church.
- The value of your claim is not determined by legal experts, but by an advisory board that may not necessarily understand the circumstances or situation behind your claim.
- As a result, the settlement offer is often far lower than what you may be rightfully entitled to – as low as a tenth of your proper compensation amount.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Through this tough, stressful time, hiring a knowledgeable sex abuse attorney can be invaluable to your case and your peace of mind. An attorney can:
- Use their resources to help determine the full value of your claim.
- Handle all the legal proceedings on your behalf, while you focus on healing and recovery.
- Evaluate any IRCP offers you may be eligible for and determine whether or not that route is optimal for your needs.
- Offer support and help while respecting your privacy and sensitive matters.
Ultimately, a lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve to help you get on with your life.
Speak to a Brooklyn Diocese Sexual Abuse Lawyer
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Brooklyn, let us help you seek justice today. Contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi to discuss your case. Our New York abuse attorneys understand how important it is to get closure, and we strive to help you out during this trying time.