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CRS works with communities facing conflict based on religion. CRS facilitates communication among religious leaders, educational institutions, elected officials, law enforcement, and community members to develop relationships and mechanisms that effectively prevent and respond to religion-based conflicts. Some examples of how CRS supports communities experiencing tension and conflicts based on religion are below:
- Facilitating dialogues between law enforcement and religious community members following hate crimes or bias incidents based on religion to help ensure the safety of congregations and inform community members of available resources
- Providing training to increase law enforcement awareness of civil-rights related issues that impact Muslim and Sikh Americans, to enhance understanding of beliefs and religious practices, and to provide best practices for collaboration with Muslim and Sikh American communities
- Conducting programs and leading dialogues with school officials, teachers, and students to prevent bullying based on religion both inside and outside of educational institutions
- Holding Protecting Places of Worship forums, public gatherings that provide faith-based communities information related to protecting places of worship and resources for improving building safety
Below are some recent examples of CRS's work assisting communities experiencing faith-based tension and conflict. Additional case summaries may be found within CRS’s Annual Reports, located on the CRS Resource Center webpage.
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