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CRS Conciliator Linda Ortiz and community leaders

CRS Conciliator Linda Ortiz (center) leads civic leaders and local government officials through the signing of a memorandum of understanding as part of their city’s effort to reduce racial tensions.  (Photo courtesy of the Finger Lakes Times)

The Community Relations Service provides confidential mediation, facilitated dialogue, training, and consultation services to help communities enhance their ability to independently prevent and resolve future conflicts. CRS also works with police chiefs, mayors, school administrators, other local and state authorities, community-based organizations, and civil and human rights groups. CRS is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice that does not take sides in a dispute, and it does not investigate, prosecute, impose solutions, assign blame, or assess fault.

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Updated November 12, 2015