Effective August 6, 2020, at the request of the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania, the Administrators of the Erie Diocese Independent Survivors’ Reparation Program (“ISRP”), established to assist survivors of sexual abuse of minors will resume work to resolve the remaining claims submitted to the Program prior to the shutdown
INDEPENDENT SURVIVORS' REPARATION PROGRAM ("ISRP")
For the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania
For Compensation of Certain Individual Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy or Laypersons Affiliated with the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania
On November 8, 2018, the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania (the "Diocese") announced the formation of the Independent Survivors' Reparation Program (the "ISRP" or the "Program") to pay reparations to victims of sexual abuse of minors by clergy or laypersons affiliated with the Diocese. The Diocese has retained Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros to serve as Administrators of the ISRP and to begin work effective February 15, 2019.
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 accepts the compensation offered 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.
- Individuals who have not previously filed a complaint with the Diocese may register to participate in the Program through this website on or before May 31, 2019. To register, potentially eligible Claimants need to provide their name, contact information, and a summary description of the nature of the claim, including the dates and location of the abuse and name of the perpetrator. New complaints of abuse received through this Program must be reported by the individual to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s clergy Sexual Abuse Hotline at 1-888-538-8541 and must notify the appropriate local District Attorney’s office.
- 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.
- 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 fully-executed Release is received by the Administrators.
- The effective date of the Program is February 15, 2019. All claims submitted to the Administrators must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2019.