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Clergy Abuse

We Represent Victims of Clergy Abuse

And Urge them to Call Us In Confidence

Tune in: WABC will air, “Protect our Children” with host Diana Williams on Saturday, April 21,2018 at 7 pm, and on Encore on April 22 at 5:30 pm. Mitchell Birzon will be speaking about clergy abuse and the IRCP victims compensation program. Be aware the deadline to file a claim is now March 31, 2018. If you have any questions, call our office at 631/265-6300.

Recently, the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced the creation of an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program dedicated to victims of sexual abuse by its clergy.

If you are or were a victim of sexual abuse by a bishop, priest or deacon associated with the diocese, your window to pursue a claim is limited.  Victims categorized as Phase 1 – those who have previously reported abuse to the diocese – must make a claim by the end of 2017.  Phase 2 victims – those who have never reported their abuse – will likely need to file a claim in early 2018.

That’s a lot to do in a short period of time.  We’re here to explain your legal rights in clear, concise terms and help you get it done.  More importantly, we know the legal complexities associated with the IRCP and how important it is for victims to be ably represented.

If you are unsure whether to call, please consider the following:

  • There are many misconceptions among victims. Some think they may be ineligible because the activity that began when they were minors continued past the age of consent, or they mistakenly think they were teenagers and should have stopped it, or they won’t be believed because they waited so long to tell someone, or that they were willing participants.  The truth is, none of those things matter.  The nature of this type of abuse is extremely complex and an extreme breach of trust.  We encourage any person who had sexual contact of any kind with a clergy member while a minor to call us.   There is no charge for that consultation and it will be confidential.
  • The diocese wants to put this issue behind them as quickly as possible so it is essential to act in a timely manner.
  • You are not alone. The very fact the IRCP was created speaks to the large number of anonymous victims.  Additionally, many priests associated with the diocese have previously been accused and there may be many others who have gone undetected.
  • We will treat you as a whole person. We will support you. We will fight for you.

Birzon and Associates has been among Long Island’s leading law firms since 1991 and we enjoy a long history of helping victims of injury and abuse receive fair compensation for their suffering.  Our firm’s managing partner, Mitch Birzon, was recently sought out by WOR Radio for a segment on clergy abuse and also authored an article for Long Island Law Blog on the subject.  Each of these pieces goes a long way toward revealing our passion and expertise in this matter. If you review them, you’re sure to agree.

We are proud to work on behalf of the victims of clergy abuse and welcome your calls or e-mails.  All communication will be held in the strictest confidence and there is no charge for the initial consultation.  Call for your free consultation at any of the telephone numbers listed on the site or email Mitch  directly at [email protected].  Our address is 222 East Main Street, Suite 212 in Smithtown, NY  11787.  Or you can call or text Mitch at 516/639-7098.

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