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INDEPENDENT SURVIVOR COMPENSATION PROGRAM ("ISCP")

For the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania

For Compensation of Certain Individual Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania
On November 8, 2018, the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania (the “Diocese”) announced the formation of the Independent Survivor Compensation Program (the “ISCP”) to pay reparations to victims of clergy sexual abuse of minors by clergy of the Diocese, clergy of a religious order serving within the Diocese and lay teachers or employees associated with the Diocese. The Diocese has retained Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros, to serve as Administrators of the ISCP and to begin work effective January 22, 2019. Read Press Release
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 is satisfied with the compensation provided 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 July 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 to the local office of the District Attorney and to the Diocese for review.
  • 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.
  • An Independent Oversight Committee will oversee the implementation and administration of the ISCP. The Members of the Oversight Committee for the ISCP are as follows:
    • Robert Gillespie, Jr., the former District Attorney for Luzerne County
    • Ralph H. Meyer, President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus with Guthrie Healthcare System
    • Robin Engels, MA, MSW, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker.
  • Individuals who previously settled their sexual abuse claims with the Diocese will not be permitted to participate in the Program.
  • Individuals who allege sexual abuse as a minor by a member of a religious order or lay teachers and employees of the Diocese are eligible 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 Release is received by the Administrators.
  • The deadline to register a new allegation is July 31, 2019.
  • The effective date of the Program is January 22, 2019. All claims submitted to the Administrators must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2019.

To Register:

Individuals who wish to participate in the Program may immediately register with the Administrators on this Program website by providing their names, contact information and a summary description of the nature of the allegation, 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 this Program except that it will be forwarded to the local office of the District Attorney by the registrant and the Diocese for initial review of the allegations. The registrant should include the following language in their written notification to the DA as follows: “By sending this notification to the DA I agree that the DA’s office can inform the Diocese of the allegations reported to the DA.” In addition, the Diocese will have the matter investigated.
Click Here to register to receive Program information.