NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Senator George J. Mitchell (Chair), the Honorable Lawrence F. Stengel (ret.) and the Honorable Kelley B. Hodge announced today the release of the first interim report of their committee, which oversees the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparation Program. On November 13, 2018, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the commencement of the Program. Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros were retained to administer this program. Lynn Shiner was selected as the Victim Support Facilitator.
The Program seeks to address a tragic chapter in the church's history, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's recognition of the need for reconciliation and reparations after many years of suffering by victims of this tragedy. This Program is designed to mitigate the harm, while understanding that no remedy can fully recognize what these victims endured—regardless of when the harm occurred.
Since commencement, over US$8.4 million has been paid, or approved to be paid, to claimants who alleged abuse by members of the Philadelphia Archdiocese clergy. Claims are typically being processed within thirty to sixty days, and counseling and emotional support has been made available to all claimants. The number of claims filed so far compares well with the response rates in similar programs administered by Ms. Biros and Mr. Feinberg.
The Independent Oversight Committee continues to urge all persons who may have claims to contact the Claims Administrators if they have interest in participating in this voluntary program. Legal counsel and victim support services are also available at no charge to claimants. You may reach the Claims Administrators at: claimantservices@PhiladelphiaArchdioceseIRRP.com
The Committee will publish its next interim report in three months.
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SOURCE Independent Oversight Committee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Independent Reconciliation and Reparation Program