In New Mexico, it was announced that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, one of the oldest church organizations in the USA, agreed to pay 121.5 million dollars to 375 plaintiffs for child abuse cases based on “strong evidence” by clergy.
It was shared that the scandal case covered sexual abuse crimes against hundreds of children by about 74 priests assigned to churches and religious schools in central and northern New Mexico regions.
It was noted that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe filed for bankruptcy in 2018 in order to be protected from abuse cases dating back decades, but could not avoid paying the indemnity in question.
Charles Paez, leader of the survivors and committees, said the treaty also included a non-financial engagement with the Archdiocese to create a public archive of documents on the history sexual abuse.
It was mentioned that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, which was established in the 1850s, paid 52 million dollars to sexual abuse victims in previous years.