“Over the years the Center has developed various ways of settling disputes. All of these methods have featured the active participation of the people with conflicts in fashioning resolutions that meet their needs.”

Linda R. Singer, CDS Founder and President
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Center for Dispute Settlement

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Community Mediation Programs

Since its inception, CDS has been committed to using its expertise in mediation and conflict resolution for the good of the local community.

District of Columbia Public Schools

CDS has many years' experience working with the District of Columbia Public Schools to provide mediation training and support to students and personnel. CDS helped the school system create and implement Peer Mediation programs, which are now widespread throughout local schools. CDS believes in the value of peer mediation and conflict education for youth, and continues to partner with local schools to ensure the success of these programs. To learn more about Peer Mediation in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools, visit the DCPS Student Intervention Services website.

Community Dispute Resolution Center

The Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) is a community mediation program of the Center for Dispute Settlement. CDRC provides free mediation, conciliation and facilitation for businesses and individuals residing in the District of Columbia.

CDRC's community mediation programs allow organizations within Washington, D.C. to help clients resolve their differences amicably without rupturing long-lasting relationships, and encourage individuals to resolve their differences without resorting to violence.

CDRC Mediation Programs

Community Misdemeanor Mediation Service

The Community Misdemeanor Mediation Service is a partnership between The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and CDRC, which diverts both pre-arrest and post-arrest misdemeanor cases to mediation. Read more…

Office of Police Complaints

The Community Dispute Resolution Center works in partnership with the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) to mediate citizen complaints against the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Read more…