The Child Victims Act went into effect on August 14, 2019, and gives all abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, one year to file a civil claim for the abuse they suffered.  The one year “window” to file a claim started on August 14, 2019.

However, the one year window may be significantly shortened if the defendant files for bankruptcy, which means abuse survivors need to act now to make sure their rights are protected.  For example, people with claims against the Boy Scouts of America must file their claim with the bankruptcy court by November 16, 2020, or else they will likely lose any claim they may have against the Boy Scouts, including any right they may have to compensation in the bankruptcy.  The same is true for people with claims against the Diocese of Rochester — they must file their claim with the bankruptcy court by August 13, 2020.  There will likely be a similar deadline for people with claims against the Diocese of Buffalo.

We represent many abuse survivors in New York with claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, Rockefeller University Hospital, schools, and many other youth-serving organizations.  On August 14, 2019, we filed many of the first lawsuits against these institutions.  However, we strive to provide our clients with as many options as possible, including resolving their claim informally or filing a lawsuit if settlement discussions are not successful.

If you or someone you loved was abused, the time to act is now.  Please contact us for a free and confidential initial consultation.  You can contact us by filling-out the form below and hitting “Submit,” by calling us toll free at 888-811-8689, or by emailing us at  There is no charge or fee for speaking with us.

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