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On May 14, 2019, a new, independently-run compensation program was established to provide monetary recovery to any survivor of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in several dioceses in Southern California.

If you or a loved one is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse as a minor in Los Angeles, please contact us immediately to discuss your case with a priest abuse attorney. You may be eligible for significant compensation under this program. We can advise you on the best course of action to obtain the full and fair recovery you deserve.

What is the Independent Compensation Program?

The Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests was independently formed by nationally known mediators and private compensation program administrators, with the cooperation of the Catholic church. Intended to be an alternative to filing claims in Court, this program helps facilitate monetary awards for those who have been abused by priests in the:

Why is the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Involved?

With many dioceses in the country under intense scrutiny, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has specifically been accused not only of rampant clergy sex abuse over the years, but also a gross mishandling of accusations against priests who allegedly conducted that abuse.

  • The archdiocese recently paid a record $740 million in settlements to victims.
  • After increased pressure, they recently updated its list of clergy accused of child sexual abuse, disclosing 54 additional priests and church members.
  • Of these 54 clergy members, the majority were accused of wrongdoing before 2008.
  • The archdiocese had been aware of a bishop’s sexual abuse allegations at a parish for 13 years before disclosing it to the public.

Who is Eligible to File a Claim Under the Independent Compensation Program?

Survivors who have encountered clergy abuse in the aforementioned dioceses are eligible to file a claim. Additionally, you may be able to file a claim even if:

  • You have not already reported instances of abuse to the church.
  • The civil statute of limitations has passed for your case.
  • You are an undocumented immigrant with no proof of citizenship.

There are no fees for participating, and participation is entirely voluntary.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer Before Filing a Claim?

Before filing a claim for compensation, we highly recommend consulting an experienced Los Angeles priest abuse lawyer who has your needs in mind. Much of the preliminary information released may come with several questions that must be answered.

  • This program only covers those who have experienced sexual abuse as a minor from the aforementioned dioceses. If you have been a survivor of abuse in another diocese, there are no guarantees of compensation.
  • There is a substantial amount of documentation that is required to prove your claim. In cases where extended time has passed, acquiring this evidence may be considerably more difficult.
  • The amount of compensation received is determined by the mediators, which means it may not necessarily match your expectations.
  • By filing a claim and accepting compensation, you waive to right to any further legal action against the responsible parties. If you want to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions, you may want to consider alternate options for compensation.

At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we can help answer questions you may have regarding the claims process. If you decide to submit the process, our clergy abuse attorneys can help you file a comprehensive claim to ensure you receive compensation.

Contact Our Los Angeles Clergy Abuse Lawyers Today

Although the Independent Compensation Program is still in its early phases, it is best to consult an experienced priest abuse lawyer in Los Angeles to ensure you are ready to submit a claim. Contact our Catholic abuse attorneys today to schedule a free, 100% confidential consultation regarding your case. We want to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.