Community Relations Service

Community Relations Service Welcome to the official CRS page, where you will find the latest news coverage and other information regarding our work. The Community Relations Service was established under Title X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to resolve "disputes, disagreements, or difficulties relating to discriminatory practices based on race, color, or national origin."

The Act was passed during the United States Civil Rights Movement, a period of great racial tension and civil disorder. Knowing that these conflicts would likely increase when the Act was implemented and enforced, Congress created CRS as a conflict resolution agency, tasked with resolving disputes, disagreements, or conflicts over race-based community tensions. 50 years later, CRS's work on these types of conflict continues. In 2011, more than half of the hate crimes reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program were committed on the bases of race, ethnicity, or national origin. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The Act was named for two hate crimes victims: Matthew Shepard, a young man who was beaten to death in 1998 because of his sexual orientation, and James Byrd, Jr., an African American man who was killed after being dragged behind a truck because of his race. The Act expanded the federal definition of hate crimes, and gave the federal government greater jurisdiction in prosecuting hate crimes committed on the bases of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. The Community Relations Service has 10 Regional Directors who supervise conflict resolution specialists (also called conciliation specialists) in regional offices and 4 smaller field offices. These offices are strategically located throughout the country to meet the unique needs of the states and communities they serve. The Regional Directors are highly trained professional mediators, facilitators, trainers, and consultants who are experienced in bringing together communities in conflict to help them enhance their ability to independently prevent and resolve existing and future concerns. Regional Directors oversee the regional conflict resolution teams in the development of customized and proactive local solutions. The 10 regional offices are located in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Los Angeles, and Seattle. The field offices are located in Miami, Detroit, Houston, and San Francisco. The regional and field offices increase the availability of CRS services to rural communities and aid in rapid deployment during crises.

Mission: The Community Relations Service is the Department's "Peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability. CRS is not an investigatory or prosecutorial agency, and it does not have any law enforcement authority. Rather, the Agency works with all parties, including State and local units of government, private and public organizations, civil rights groups, and local community leaders, to uncover the underlying interests of all of those involved in the conflict and facilitates the development of viable, mutual understandings and solutions to the community's challenges. In addition, CRS assists communities in developing local mechanisms and community capacity to prevent tension and violent hate crimes from occurring in the future. All CRS services are provided free of charge to the communities and are confidential. CRS works in all 50 states and the U.S. territories, and in communities large and small, rural, urban and suburban.

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#OTDIH 10/28/2009, the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr., #HateCrimes Prevention Act was signed into law, expanding #DOJ...
10/29/2020
Justice Department Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act

#OTDIH 10/28/2009, the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr., #HateCrimes Prevention Act was signed into law, expanding #DOJCRS’s mandate. Learn more about this milestone and last year’s The United States Department of Justice 10th anniversary event of the #HCPA: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-commemorates-10th-anniversary-matthew-shepard-and-james-byrd-jr-hate

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Department of Justice today announced technical assistance resources to fight hate crimes across the country, including development of a new hate crimes training cur...

ATTN: #DOJCRS is accepting applications for conciliation specialist positions in #Boston, #Dallas, and #KansasCity. Indi...
10/27/2020
Conciliation Specialist (Kansas City Location)

ATTN: #DOJCRS is accepting applications for conciliation specialist positions in #Boston, #Dallas, and #KansasCity. Individuals who applied for these positions under the prior posting a few weeks ago must reapply. Applications will be accepted until a specific position receives 100 applications or 11/5 (whichever comes first). Please share these openings with others who may be interested and encourage them to submit their applications ASAP.

For more information and to apply: https://www.justice.gov/crs/apply-to-new-crs-positions

Links to apply on USAJobs:
Conciliation Specialist, Boston, GS-9/11: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/582201900
Conciliation Specialist, Dallas, GS-9/11 - Spanish fluency required: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/582106900
Conciliation Specialist, Kansas City, GS-9/11: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/582205900

This announcement is posted for the Kansas City, MO area, and will close on 11:59pm on the day that we receive 100 applicants or on the specified closing date (which ever comes first). Please ensure to submit your application as soon as possible to receive consideration.

"We look back with a sense of accomplishment and look forward to continuing our vital work as #AmericasPeacemaker in the...
10/27/2020
CRS Presents Its FY 2019 Annual Report

"We look back with a sense of accomplishment and look forward to continuing our vital work as #AmericasPeacemaker in the upcoming year,” CRS Deputy Director Gerri Ratliff. See our newly released #AnnualReport to learn about CRS’s accomplishments, services, and staff: https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/fy2019-annual-report

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#DOJCRS is excited to join the International Association of Chiefs of Police Virtual Training Event and Expo #IACP2020. ...
10/22/2020
IACP Conference 2020 – THE IACP – Shaping the future of the policing profession

#DOJCRS is excited to join the International Association of Chiefs of Police Virtual Training Event and Expo #IACP2020. CRS Conciliation Specialists are available at the exhibit hall 10/20-22 from 10 AM - 4 PM to address any questions regarding CRS programs and services. We hope to meet you virtually! For more: https://www.theiacpconference.org

Welcome to IACP 2020 While the IACP 2020 Virtual Training Event and Expo platform is being built for this year, you can expect the following: Expand your knowledge with access to more than 175 educational workshops on critical topics to the policing profession. Access all the educational workshops a...

For #IndigenousPeoplesDay 10/12, CRS reflects on the significance of #AmericanIndians past, present, and future. For mor...
10/09/2020
Tribal Communities

For #IndigenousPeoplesDay 10/12, CRS reflects on the significance of #AmericanIndians past, present, and future. For more about Native cultures, visit Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in #DC or virtually online: https://americanindian.si.edu/. Also learn how CRS works with tribal communities: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-stakeholders/tribal-communities

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#DOJCRS is excited to share a series of new job opportunities in our offices around the country. Please feel free to app...
10/01/2020
Conciliation Specialist

#DOJCRS is excited to share a series of new job opportunities in our offices around the country. Please feel free to apply or share with anyone you know who may be interested in supporting CRS’s mission as #AmericasPeacemaker. To apply to a vacancy in Boston, Dallas, or Kansas:
• Conciliation Specialist, Boston, GS-9/11 - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580224000
• Conciliation Specialist, Dallas – Spanish fluency required, GS-9/11 - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580224000
• Conciliation Specialist, Kansas, GS-9/11 - https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580224000

Community Relations Service (CRS) serves as "America's Peacemaker" for communities facing conflict based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. CRS works toward its mission by providing facilitated dialogue, mediatio...

As many students return to classes this fall, communities remain concerned about potential bias incidents or #hatecrimes...
09/25/2020

As many students return to classes this fall, communities remain concerned about potential bias incidents or #hatecrimes on campuses and cities across the country. See how #DOJCRS can work in person and virtually to provide services to universities and colleges: https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/colleges-and-universities

#DOJCRS is pleased to present its FY19 #AnnualReport https://www.justice.gov/file/1315601/download! In FY 2019, CRS cont...
09/22/2020

#DOJCRS is pleased to present its FY19 #AnnualReport https://www.justice.gov/file/1315601/download! In FY 2019, CRS continued its mission to help communities prevent and respond to conflicts and #hatecrimes. The Annual Report highlights the agency’s work as #AmericasPeacemaker across the country.

“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” COPS Office Director, Phil K...
09/16/2020
School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) | COPS OFFICE

“With the new school year underway, the safety of our nation’s students remains paramount,” COPS Office Director, Phil Keith. #ICYMI The United States Department of Justice’s COPS Office announced $50 million in grants to improve #schoolsafety through its School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). Learn more at https://cops.usdoj.gov/svpp

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to the CP Dispatch, the COPS Office e-newsletter, to learn about current news on community policing awards, publications and projects.

During this time of #socialdistancing, #DOJCRS’s team of conciliation specialists are still available online & telephoni...
09/16/2020
Serving Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During this time of #socialdistancing, #DOJCRS’s team of conciliation specialists are still available online & telephonically to serve communities in all 50 states & U.S. territories: https://www.justice.gov/crs/serving-communities-during-the-covid-19-pandemic. Contact us! Email [email protected] to ask questions or request services.

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09/11/2020

On the 19th #911anniversary, CRS honors all the lives lost, their loved ones, and the courageous first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice to save others in the aftermath of the #September11 attacks. Not only do we remember them today, we will #NeverForget.

09/04/2020

#OTDIH in 1957, the #LittleRockNine began a movement to integrate schools in the South. CRS recognizes the courage of these nine students and their crucial role in the #civilrights movement. As #BackToSchool season begins, let’s strive to create diverse and welcome learning environments.

08/26/2020

“Lifting as we climb … we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance,” Mary Church Terrell. Today, #DOJCRS recognizes #WomensEqualityDay in honor of the 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment which prohibits denying the right to vote to citizens on the basis of sex.

As we enter a new #BackToSchool season, see the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) 10 ...
08/25/2020
Educational Organizations

As we enter a new #BackToSchool season, see the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) 10 essential actions to improve #schoolsafety: https://cops.usdoj.gov/RIC/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0891. To learn how #DOJCRS works with educational organizations to promote safe and equitable learning environments and for more helpful resources: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-stakeholders/educational-organizations

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How does #DOJCRS share information with large numbers of stakeholders simultaneously during times of social distancing? ...
08/25/2020
Serving Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How does #DOJCRS share information with large numbers of stakeholders simultaneously during times of social distancing? See CRS’s #COVID19 webpage to contact our team of conciliation specialists located in 10 regional and four field offices across the country: https://www.justice.gov/crs/serving-communities-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

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08/18/2020

#OTDIH 100 years ago in 1920, we commemorate the ratification of the #19thAmendment – a pivotal moment towards granting women the right to vote among a series of struggles for marginalized communities, and the eventual passage of the #VotingRights Act of ’65. #WomensVote100

#DOJCRS is committed to ensuring communities have access to our services during the pandemic. Curious about the virtual ...
08/17/2020

#DOJCRS is committed to ensuring communities have access to our services during the pandemic. Curious about the virtual services CRS can provide? See our FAQ sheet for information on facilitation of virtual dialogues, community meetings, and webinars: https://justice.gov/file/1298651/download

Register now to join #DOJCRS for a free, virtual Protecting Places of Worship Forum on 8/13 or 8/27 from 1 - 2:30 PM ET,...
08/11/2020
Protecting Places of Worship Virtual Forum

Register now to join #DOJCRS for a free, virtual Protecting Places of Worship Forum on 8/13 or 8/27 from 1 - 2:30 PM ET, hosted by AJC - American Jewish Committee Global, Community of Conscience, Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, and The Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-places-of-worship-virtual-forum-tickets-113054591326

Nearly 80% of hate crimes in the US are against religious and racial minorities, including their houses of worship & religious institutions.

08/07/2020

#OTDIH in 1965, one year after signing the #CivilRightsAct which founded #DOJCRS, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the #VotingRightsAct into law to prohibit racial discrimination in voting – a milestone in legislation and #civilrights history.

Educate community leaders on the fundamentals of conflict resolution and skills to help successfully facilitate meetings...
08/04/2020
Facilitating Meetings Around Community Conflict

Educate community leaders on the fundamentals of conflict resolution and skills to help successfully facilitate meetings in their communities with #DOJCRS’s “Facilitating Meetings Around Community Conflict (FMACC),” a one-day training program. Learn more: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-work/training/facilitating-meetings-around-community-conflict

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As the pandemic persists, #DOJCRS is ready to virtually serve communities in need across the country through facilitatio...
07/29/2020
COVID-19

As the pandemic persists, #DOJCRS is ready to virtually serve communities in need across the country through facilitation of virtual dialogues, community meetings, and webinars to provide information and help mitigate the spread of misinformation. See how we can support you: https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/covid-19

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Following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act #ADA30, learn about this law prohibiting discrimin...
07/28/2020
Justice Department on Twitter

Following the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act #ADA30, learn about this law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life https://twitter.com/TheJusticeDept/status/1287790913025200132?s=20, and see how #DOJCRS works with communities experiencing disability-based conflict: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-focus/disability

“Announcing the Justice Beat, the #DOJPodcast! In our 1st episode, Civil Rights AAG Dreiband discusses efforts to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act, the 30th anniversary of the #ADA30 & the important role it has played. Listen & subscribe at https://t.co/E9OtXsYYBv”

07/28/2020

#DOJCRS remembers the late #civilrights leader, C.T. Vivian, whose funeral was last Thursday. We honor the lives & legacies of both C.T. Vivian and John Lewis, whose courageous acts against violence inspire us to follow in their footsteps to fulfill our mission as #AmericasPeacemaker.

The honorable #civilrights icon, Representative John Lewis, will be the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Capi...
07/27/2020

The honorable #civilrights icon, Representative John Lewis, will be the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda today. As #DOJCRS turned 56 this month, we remember his words from our 45th anniversary, which still ring true today - never give up or lose hope. #BelovedCommunity

During #COVID19, our Conciliation Specialists are available to provide virtual assistance to our stakeholder groups acro...
07/22/2020
Our Stakeholders

During #COVID19, our Conciliation Specialists are available to provide virtual assistance to our stakeholder groups across all 50 states and U.S. territories: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-stakeholders. Our team is just a click away. Email us: [email protected].

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CRS remembers Congressman and #civilrights leader, John Lewis, who passed away 3 days ago on 7/17. Inspired by #MLKJr, w...
07/20/2020

CRS remembers Congressman and #civilrights leader, John Lewis, who passed away 3 days ago on 7/17. Inspired by #MLKJr, we honor his dedication to non-violent activism and efforts towards racial equality and social justice in America. Image below during CRS's 45th anniversary celebration in 2009.

Transform perspectives and empower change. #DOJCRS’s “Dialogue on Race Program Guide” is designed to provide community l...
07/17/2020

Transform perspectives and empower change. #DOJCRS’s “Dialogue on Race Program Guide” is designed to provide community leaders and local planning groups step-by-step instructions for planning and implementing effective dialogues to motivate others to work towards change. https://www.justice.gov/file/1293816/download

#ICYMI July 8th marked 50 years since announcing a new era of self-determination for American Indian tribes. “We honor t...
07/13/2020
Celebrating 50 Years of American Indian Self-Determination

#ICYMI July 8th marked 50 years since announcing a new era of self-determination for American Indian tribes. “We honor this spirit and celebrate it by reaffirming our commitment to the sovereignty of Indian nations, and the safety and well-being of all Indian people,” Office of Justice Programs PDAAG, Katie Sullivan. https://www.ojp.gov/news/ojp-blogs/celebrating-50-years-american-indian-self-determination

Today marks a milestone in relations between the federal government and Indian nations. Fifty years ago today, President Richard M. Nixon delivered a special message to Congress announcing a new era of self-determination for American Indian tribes.

In honor of The United States Department of Justice’s 150th anniversary milestone this year #DOJ150, see DOJ's historica...
07/09/2020
History of the Department of Justice

In honor of The United States Department of Justice’s 150th anniversary milestone this year #DOJ150, see DOJ's historical timeline from 1789 to today: https://justice.gov/history. CRS reflects on its long history serving as #AmericasPeacemaker and remains committed to serve communities today, tomorrow, and the future.

How can you help inspire positive change in your community? Begin a conversation. Learn about CRS’s “Facilitating Meetin...
07/07/2020

How can you help inspire positive change in your community? Begin a conversation. Learn about CRS’s “Facilitating Meetings Around Community Conflict” training program designed for community leaders to practice skills to successfully facilitate dialogue: https://www.justice.gov/file/1292486/download

CRS is hiring! CRS posted a job opening for a Regional Director for the Western office in Los Angeles. To determine elig...
07/05/2020
Regional Director

CRS is hiring! CRS posted a job opening for a Regional Director for the Western office in Los Angeles. To determine eligibility and apply, see the job posting on our LinkedIn https://linkedin.com/company/us-dept-of-justice-crs or USAJOBS:
MP Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/572481400
DE Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/572481500

We encourage you to apply and share with others!

Community Relations Service (CRS) serves as "America's Peacemaker" for communities facing conflict based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. CRS works toward its mission by providing facilitated dialogue, mediatio...

07/04/2020

Yesterday was a special one for #DOJCRS - the agency’s birthday! #OTDIH on July 2, 1964, CRS was established by Title X of the Civil Rights Act. To commemorate this day, hear from our staff as they recount CRS’s role in the furtherance of peace through #civilrights history: https://www.justice.gov/crs/video/discover-crs-introduction-agency

To help improve communication and understanding between #lawenforcement and #transgender individuals, CRS updated its “E...
07/02/2020
Pride Month

To help improve communication and understanding between #lawenforcement and #transgender individuals, CRS updated its “Engaging and Building Relationships with Transgender Communities” training program, which will be delivered via webinar in July and August. For more: https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/pride-month

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