Abuse Survivors in New Mexico Approve Diocese Settlement

June 23, 2016

Victims of clergy sexual abuse have approved of a plan for the Gallup Diocese in New Mexico to dole out millions of dollars in compensation.

The Albuquerque Journal reported that an attorney for 57 abuse survivors told a federal judge Tuesday that all had signed off on the plan.

Under the agreement, each claimant will receive roughly $350,000.

The Gallup Diocese is establishing a fund of between $21 million and $25 million for professional fees and settlements.

Stop AbuseThe Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America, which insured the diocese during the years much of the abuse occurred, will contribute the largest share with $11.6 million.

The diocese is expected to provide $3 million.

It may have to sell its chancery offices in Gallup, subject to the terms of a bank loan agreement.

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