|Community Relations Service
U.S. Department of Justice
About the Community Relations Service
The Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is the Federal government's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. CRS was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and is the only Federal component dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, conflicts, and civil disorders, with the intent of restoring racial stability and harmony.
For 40 years, CRS has been asked to provide its experienced mediators to help local communities settle destructive conflicts and disturbances relating to race, color, or national origin. Each year CRS' highly skilled conciliators bring hundreds of community-wide conflicts to peaceful closure in every State, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories.
CRS lends its services when requested or accepted by the parties. The Service uses impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution procedures to help local leaders resolve problems and restore stability. CRS has no law enforcement authority and does not impose solutions, investigate, prosecute, or assign blame and fault. All CRS mediators are required by law to conduct their activities in confidence, without publicity, and are prohibited from disclosing confidential information.
CRS conciliators work with State and local officials and community leaders to provide a wide variety of services to address racial issues and prevent violence. CRS' services include:
- Contributing expertise and guidance on methods and policies that calm
racial tensions and conflicts.
- Enhancing strategies of State and local governments and community groups
to prevent and respond to civil disorders.
- Improving lines of communication between parties experiencing racial tension
or conflict, including Federal, State, and local officials, community leaders
- Helping schools and universities effectively deal with incidents of racial tensions or violence.
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