INDEPENDENT VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM ("IVCP")
The Archdiocese of Newark and
Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson
For Compensation of Certain Individual Claims of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy
On February 11, 2019 the Archdiocese of Newark, and the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson (collectively the "Dioceses") announced the formation of the Independent Victim Compensation Program (the "Program" or the "IVCP") to pay reparations to victims of sexual abuse of minors by clergy of the Dioceses. The Dioceses have retained Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros, to serve as Administrators of the IVCP and to begin work to implement the Program. Read Press Release
This Protocol outlines the eligibility criteria requirements and the process for individuals to submit and resolve claims alleging such sexual abuse. This initial phase of the Program governs only those reports and complaints made to the NJ Dioceses as of the date of this Final Protocol by individuals who have not previously received monetary compensation from the NJ Dioceses, as well as those who have made claims for compensation to the NJ Dioceses but whose claims have not yet been resolved. These claims will be considered Phase I of a two-phase Program. Beginning June 15, 2019, these individuals will be sent Program materials including a Claim Form for participation in the Program.
Additional complaints alleging sexual abuse of a minor not previously reported to the NJ Dioceses shall be considered during Phase II of this Program. Individuals who wish to participate in Phase II may register through this Program website during the period June 15, 2019 through October 31, 2019. Individuals who wish to register will be required to provide their names, contact information and a summary description of the nature of the claim, including the dates, time, location of the alleged abuse and name of the alleged perpetrator. Such information will be maintained in strict confidence in conjunction with Phase II of this Program except that it is to be forwarded to the office of the County Prosecutor where the abuse occurred by both the registrant and the NJ Dioceses for initial review. If deemed potentially eligible by the Administrators, these individuals will be sent information regarding the Phase II claims process. These claims will be considered Phase II of the Program.