CRS works directly with community-based, civil rights, and other organizations, to prevent and resolve tensions and conflict stemming from actual or perceived issues of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.
Working directly with community-based, civil rights, and other organizations, as they seek to engage in collaborative processes with state and local government officials, law enforcement agencies, school systems, and other organizations, stemming from issues of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability is the focus of the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service. CRS supports community-based groups by:
- Facilitating meetings between community groups and other stakeholders so that the groups can effectively express their members' concerns and collaborate on the development of mutually beneficial solutions;
- Hosting town hall meetings and facilitating dialogues with officials or representatives of other community groups to ensure that community leaders are engaged in constructive resolution and mitigation processes; and
- Developing programs to improve knowledge of cultural differences, dispel negative stereotypes or misperceptions, and encourage tolerance across the wider community.
The following examples demonstrate CRS's work with Community Groups in recent conflicts. Additional examples may be found within the CRS Annual Reports, located on the CRS Resource Center webpage.