Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program

The Diocese of Buffalo Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) is intended to help those who have made claims that they were sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo. Those who have not filed a claim previous to March 1, 2018, should call the Diocese of Buffalo Victim Assistance Coordinator, Jacqueline Joy, at (716) 895-3010.

Individuals who have made claims previous to March 1, 2018, can participate in this voluntary program which offers an opportunity for healing, justice and monetary settlements to individuals who have previously submitted complaints to the Diocese that they were sexually abused as a minor by clergy of the Diocese. This program will be administered by former New York State Supreme Court Justice Jerome Gorski and former New York State Surrogate Judge Barbara Howe. They are independent administrators who will be responsible for all decisions relating to the evaluation of individual claims and the amount of monetary compensation to be paid to an eligible claimant whose claim is accepted. The claimant will have 60 days to accept or reject the settlement. The Diocese does not have the authority to modify or reject any individual claim determination made by the administrators.

Click here for a summary of the program in more detail.

If you have made a claim before March 1, 2018, and would like to participate in this voluntary program, you must file the required Claim Form no later than June 1, 2018. 

Click here for the IRCP Claim Form. 

Participation in the IRCP is completely voluntary. Filing a claim does not affect any rights a person may have until he or she receives a compensation offer and accepts that compensation offer as discussed in the Summary. A claimant may withdraw his or her claim and cease participation at any time. The claimant may reject an offer of compensation for any reason.