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.

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Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities. As this year’s #NCVRW2021 theme, let’s commit to these actions and joi...
04/20/2021
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2021

Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities. As this year’s #NCVRW2021 theme, let’s commit to these actions and join the U.S. in honoring survivors and promoting crime victims’ rights and services. For more information and a list of The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices (USAOs) scheduled events this week: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/spotlight/NCVRW-2021

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04/15/2021

#ApplyNow #ATTN law students - If you’re passionate about becoming part of the solution in helping communities face today’s challenges serving as #AmericasPeacemaker, #DOJCRS encourages you to apply to #intern with us. The deadline for law students is extended to April 16th. Please feel free to submit your application and share with any law students who may be interested.

We look forward to the opportunity to work together. For more information and how to apply: https://www.justice.gov/crs/join-our-team#internwithus

#DYK #DOJCRS offers information on its programs and services in over 10 languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese,...
04/09/2021
Translated Resources

#DYK #DOJCRS offers information on its programs and services in over 10 languages, including Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese. To access CRS translated materials: https://www.justice.gov/crs/translated-resources

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CRS continues to work with communities to address racial tensions and improve police-community relations https://www.jus...
04/08/2021
COVID-19

CRS continues to work with communities to address racial tensions and improve police-community relations https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/covid-19. If your community is experiencing COVID-19 related tensions or other conflicts and needs help, contact the office nearest you by email [email protected].

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"As a Nation, we cannot adequately respond to, and recover from, #COVID19 if we do not protect all of our neighbors,” Th...
04/02/2021
Serving Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

"As a Nation, we cannot adequately respond to, and recover from, #COVID19 if we do not protect all of our neighbors,” The United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General's statement on leading a coordinated #civilrights response to COVID-19: https://twitter.com/TheJusticeDept/status/1378004835375677442?s=20. Learn how CRS can help address community conflict during the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.justice.gov/crs/serving-communities-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

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As #WomensHistoryMonth comes to an end, #DOJCRS recommits to the promise of equal justice for women in the U.S., and rec...
04/01/2021

As #WomensHistoryMonth comes to an end, #DOJCRS recommits to the promise of equal justice for women in the U.S., and recognizes the incredible women of #AmericasPeacemaker, including those that lead, teach, mediate, educate, and restore hope in communities.

Statement from Attorney General Garland in Recognition of #WomensHistoryMonth

On #TransDayOfVisibility #TDOV today, let us learn new ways to engage and build relationships with #trans communities an...
04/01/2021
Gender Identity

On #TransDayOfVisibility #TDOV today, let us learn new ways to engage and build relationships with #trans communities and to support those facing discrimination based on #genderidentity. For more about CRS program and service offerings for these communities: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-focus/gender-identity #TransgenderDayofVisibility

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This Wednesday, #DOJCRS will join the US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and U.S. Small Business Administrat...
03/29/2021
Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Small Business Forum

This Wednesday, #DOJCRS will join the US Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) and U.S. Small Business Administration as speakers for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders #AAPI Small Business Forum, a live panel discussion via webinar on 3/31 at 12:30 EST. See below to register in advance. We look forward to sharing information and resources to #StopAAPIHate.
https://twitter.com/WhiteHouseAAPI/status/1376565637581996035?s=20
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-american-pacific-islander-aapi-small-business-forum-tickets-147034894327

Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Small Business Forum

“Every person in our nation deserves to live their lives with safety, dignity, and respect.” The White House met with As...
03/25/2021
The White House on Twitter

“Every person in our nation deserves to live their lives with safety, dignity, and respect.” The White House met with Asian American leaders in #Atlanta, #Georgia, last week to discuss the recent, horrific attacks on their community: https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1373112059462889472?s=20

Read about the COVID-19 #HateCrimes Act that would expand efforts to #StopAAPIHate: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/19/statement-by-president-biden-on-the-covid-19-hate-crimes-act/

“Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris met with Asian American leaders in Atlanta to discuss Tuesday’s attacks and the ongoing violence against the community. Our Administration is committed to building a future where everyone can live with safety, dignity, and respect.”

“We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and we must change our hearts.” See The White House'...
03/22/2021
Statement by President Biden on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination | The White House

“We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our country, and we must change our hearts.” See The White House's statement issued yesterday on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and let us recommit to #StopHate and #EndRacism every day.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/21/statement-by-president-biden-on-the-international-day-for-the-elimination-of-racial-discrimination/

One of the core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans is standing against hate and racism, even as we acknowledge that systemic racism and white supremacy are ugly poisons that have long plagued the United States. We must change the laws that enable discrimination in our coun...

Want to learn how reporting builds trust with the public? See how the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation works to col...
03/22/2021
Hate Crimes Data

Want to learn how reporting builds trust with the public? See how the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation works to collect reliable data on #hatecrimes from federal, state, local, tribal, and college and university law enforcement agencies to inform, educate, and strengthen communities: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/spotlight/hate-crimes-data

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“This is a unique opportunity for me to use my experience from a different perspective and make an impact on racial and ...
03/17/2021
Meet Regional Director Vincent Plair

“This is a unique opportunity for me to use my experience from a different perspective and make an impact on racial and equity issues in communities.” CRS welcomes Vincent Plair, the new Regional Director for the #RockyMountain, #Western, and #Northwestern regions: https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/meet-regional-director-vincent-plair

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#DOJCRS is working with community groups, including youth, faith leaders, cultural leaders, and #civilrights organizers ...
03/12/2021
Readout of The Department of Justice’s Efforts to Combat Hate Crimes Against Asian American and Pacific Island Communities

#DOJCRS is working with community groups, including youth, faith leaders, cultural leaders, and #civilrights organizers from #API, #Black, and #Latino communities to reduce racial tensions and prevent violence.

See The United States Department of Justice's efforts to combat API-related #hatecrimes: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/readout-department-justice-s-efforts-combat-hate-crimes-against-asian-american-and-pacific

The Department of Justice today held a listening session with more than a dozen Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community groups as part of its continuing efforts to deter hate crimes and other unlawful acts against the AAPI community.

03/12/2021

#DOJCRS honors the agency’s first director, LeRoy Collins, born on March 10, 1909. Remembered as a voice for #civilrights, his mediation skills during the 1965 #SelmatoMontgomeryMarches helped avoid violence during the second attempted march and led to a peaceful, final march.

#NowHiring #JobOpening #DOJCRS, #AmericasPeacemaker, is now accepting applications for a Conciliation Specialist positio...
03/09/2021
U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on LinkedIn: Conciliation Specialist (Chicago)

#NowHiring #JobOpening #DOJCRS, #AmericasPeacemaker, is now accepting applications for a Conciliation Specialist position in #Chicago, #Illinois, GS 12 – 13. CRS encourages anyone interested to submit your applications ASAP as the position will remain open until it receives 100 applications or March 19 (whichever comes first). Please #share with others who may be interested. See below for more information and to #apply:

Conciliation Specialist, Chicago, GS 12-13:
#LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6774871421333057536
#USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593373300

#NowHiring #JobOpening #DOJCRS, #AmericasPeacemaker, is now accepting applications for a Conciliation Specialist position in #Chicago, #Illinois, GS 12...

03/09/2021

"You must do the things you think you cannot do," Eleanor Roosevelt. For #InternationalWomensDay, may women from all walks of life inspire us, empower us, embolden our voices, and challenge us to work against discrimination and toward gender equality. #IWD2021 #WomensHistoryMonth

03/05/2021

For #EmployeeAppreciationDay today, #DOJCRS extends heartfelt gratitude to all staff and their tireless efforts serving as #AmericasPeacemaker to help restore the peace in America’s diverse cities and communities. Thank you for all that you do!

Join the Department of Homeland Security's “Protecting Your Community and Facility: The 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Pr...
03/05/2021

Join the Department of Homeland Security's “Protecting Your Community and Facility: The 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program and Safety and Security Federal Resources” webinar on how to apply for the FY 2021 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), with speakers from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, and #DOJCRS. CRS National Program Manager for MASSAH Communities will share information on protecting places of worship. Visit: https://femacqpub1.connectsolutions.com/content/connect/c1/7/en/events/event/private/110765447/178134182/event_landing.html?connect-session=breezbreezprh7e9g7a4iqto98&sco-id=177665735&_charset_=utf-8

#JobAnnouncement: Starting March 8, #DOJCRS is accepting applications for a Conciliation Specialist position in #Chicago...
03/05/2021
U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on LinkedIn: Conciliation Specialist (Chicago)

#JobAnnouncement: Starting March 8, #DOJCRS is accepting applications for a Conciliation Specialist position in #Chicago, #Illinois, GS 12 - 13. #CRS will accept applications until the position receives 100 applications or March 19 (whichever comes first).

Please #share this #jobopening with others that may have an interest and encourage them to submit their applications ASAP. See below for more information and to #applynow on #USAJobs or #LinkedIn.

Conciliation Specialist, Chicago, GS 12-13:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6773669754260463617
USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593373300

#JobAnnouncement: Starting March 8, #DOJCRS is accepting applications for a Conciliation Specialist position in #Chicago, #Illinois, GS 12 - 13. #CRS will...

For #WomensHistoryMonth this month, #DOJCRS commends the courageous sacrifices and significant achievements women have m...
03/05/2021

For #WomensHistoryMonth this month, #DOJCRS commends the courageous sacrifices and significant achievements women have made throughout history that inspire us in striving together for more equality and peace today. Learn how CRS addresses gender-based issues: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-focus/gender

Today is #InternationalSTANDUPtoBullyingDay. Let’s learn how to help #stopbullying and show our support of those bullied...
02/26/2021
Educational Organizations

Today is #InternationalSTANDUPtoBullyingDay. Let’s learn how to help #stopbullying and show our support of those bullied in schools, organizations, and the workplace. See how #DOJCRS brings administrators, staff, educators, and students together to discuss #bullying: https://www.justice.gov/crs/our-stakeholders/educational-organizations

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“Diversity is central to who we are as a nation, and The United States Department of Justice is committed to holding acc...
02/26/2021
Statement by Pamela Karlan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division

“Diversity is central to who we are as a nation, and The United States Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable anyone who violates the #civilrights of others,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division. Read the statement about the Department's efforts to combat #hatecrimes: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-pamela-karlan-principal-deputy-assistant-attorney-general-civil-rights-division. For more, visit: www.justice.gov/hatecrimes

“The United States is currently facing unprecedented challenges, some of which are fueling increased bigotry and hatred. Hate crimes cannot be tolerated in our country, and the Department of Justice will continue to put all necessary resources toward protecting our neighbors and our communities fr...

For #BlackHistoryMonth and every day, let’s reflect on the paramount contributions of Black Americans that paved way for...
02/23/2021

For #BlackHistoryMonth and every day, let’s reflect on the paramount contributions of Black Americans that paved way for a better tomorrow, and allow their tireless efforts and struggle to achieve racial justice inspire us in working together towards unity, equality, and peace nationwide.

02/23/2021
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#DOJCRS recognizes all #publicschool community members during #PublicSchoolsWeek2021 this week, 2/22-26. See how CRS’s School-SPIRIT program can help improve collaboration between students and other school community members through addressing conflicts at school: https://www.justice.gov/file/1091661/download

#DOJCRS continues to work with communities to plan and implement services designed to address racial conflicts, decrease...
02/19/2021
CRS Supports Communities Experiencing Racial Tension

#DOJCRS continues to work with communities to plan and implement services designed to address racial conflicts, decrease racial tensions, and improve police-community relations. For more information about the services CRS offers, visit: https://www.justice.gov/crs/highlights/crs-supports-communities-experiencing-racial-tension

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02/16/2021

CRS Announces Three Contractor #JobOpenings in #Dallas, #Chicago, and #LosAngeles – Secretary III

Employment Type: Full Time - Secretary III Openings

Link to Positions (one at each location) Below:

Dallas, TX: https://cgi.njoyn.com/cgi/xweb/xweb.asp?clid=21001&page=jobdetails&jobid=J0221-1429&BRID=EX791025&SBDID=1&LANG=1

Chicago, IL: https://cgi.njoyn.com/cgi/xweb/xweb.asp?clid=21001&page=jobdetails&jobid=J0220-0969&BRID=EX739365&SBDID=1&LANG=1

Los Angeles, CA: https://cgi.njoyn.com/cgi/xweb/xweb.asp?clid=21001&page=jobdetails&jobid=J0220-0880&BRID=EX739180&SBDID=1&LANG=1

02/13/2021

#OTDIH yesterday in 1809, President #AbrahamLincoln, known as the ‘Great Emancipator’ for his signing of the #EmancipationProclamation, was born. In honor of #PresidentsDay on Monday, we pay homage to the work of our nation’s leaders to create a more perfect union. #presidentsdayweekend

“Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteein...
02/12/2021
Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States | The White House

“Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people.” See the The White House presidential memorandum addressing #hatecrimes against #AAPIs: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/26/memorandum-condemning-and-combating-racism-xenophobia-and-intolerance-against-asian-americans-and-pacific-islanders-in-the-united-states/

Advancing inclusion and belonging for people of all races, national origins, and ethnicities is critical to guaranteeing the safety and security of the American people. During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Is...

Apply by 4/27: #Grants supporting FY 2021 #EmmettTill #ColdCase investigations, and training and technical assistance pr...
02/12/2021
FY 2021 Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Training and Technical Assistance Program | Bureau of Justice Assistance

Apply by 4/27: #Grants supporting FY 2021 #EmmettTill #ColdCase investigations, and training and technical assistance programs: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/o-bja-2021-45002?utm_campaign=solicitation_2021&utm_content=current_solicitations&utm_medium=email. See below for more information and to register for OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance's solicitation support webinar, February 17th, on #funding for potential applicants:
https://twitter.com/DOJBJA/status/1359888296193761281?s=20

This program provides support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of cold case murders associated with civil rights violations.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(202) 305-2935

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As America’s Peacemaker, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Service (CRS) provides facilitation, mediation, training, and conciliation services to communities in conflict and enhances their capacity to independently prevent and resolve future conflicts.

Facilitated Dialogue: Conciliation specialists provide facilitated
dialogue services to help open lines of communication between diverse groups, allowing them to learn about each other’s
perspectives and underlying issues of the conflict. These dialogues often include various local agencies, institutions, and community members. Topics of discussion frequently include race relations, police-community relations, perceived hate crimes, tribal conflicts, and protests and demonstrations. These
dialogues not only improve relationships, they assist stakeholder groups to develop action plans that improve communication and
promote partnerships.

Mediation: Conciliation specialists serve as neutral, third party
mediators to help diverse stakeholders resolve community-based conflicts. Mediation is a structured process that helps communities resolve misunderstandings, establish mutual
trust, and independently prevent and resolve future conflicts. Mediation sessions are confidential, allowing for candid discussion of issues, interests, values, and, ultimately,
sustainable solutions. The intention of mediation is not to determine fault, but rather to identify ways to improve collaboration and partnerships between parties. Frequently, the
results of a mediation are memorialized in a written document, such as a memorandum of understanding or mediation agreement.

Training: Conciliation specialists deliver training programs to communities experiencing tension to improve understanding and prevent future conflict. These programs aim to improve
law enforcement’s and other audiences’ understanding of diverse communities, help improve safety, and strengthen partnerships between stakeholders.

Consultation: Conciliation specialists offer consultation
services to help educate and empower communities, as well as to refine conflict resolution strategies and address underlying
issues. CRS consultations services inform stakeholders about best practices and resources to address tensions and prevent future conflict.

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