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Published on Dec 1, 2016

Throughout the United States, communities struggle with police community-relations. These issues have roots in historical oppression, are impacted by broader economic injustices, and responses must be comprehensive and multi-faceted. Among the many needed solutions, there is a role for mediation and dialogue. Community Mediation Maryland has been working with community mediation centers and law enforcement throughout the state to develop three specific approaches: police complaint mediation, police youth dialogue circles, and collaborative policy development. This webinar will discuss these three approaches and recent legislative changes that encourage greater use of mediation in these areas. Speakers include mediators developing this work as well as a community member and police officer who have been participants in a facilitated process.

Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Maryland. Her work includes developing innovative partnerships with state agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Department on Aging and others, to bring collaborative conflict resolution to new and unique forums. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served as Community Mediation Maryland?s Director of Research and Training. Lorig founded and served for seven years as the Executive Director and lead trainer for the Community Mediation Program in Baltimore City. She has trained hundreds of mediators all over Maryland as well as police, judges, and social workers. Lorig served on the Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, which established the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office.

Tracee Ford is a certified mediator, trainer and evaluator in the Inclusive Mediation Process. She has worked with Community Mediation Maryland since 2011 and is currently CMM?s Director of Quality Development. In this position, Ms. Ford supports the 17 community mediation centers throughout Baltimore in building their mediators? capacity, trains parenting plan and school attendance mediators and facilitates community dialogues.

Marvin McKenstry Jr. is a professional facilitator and youth development executive. Mr. McKenstry works with hundreds Baltimore city youth through YO!Baltimore, a youth opportunities program of the Mayor?s office, to support them in gaining invaluable work and life skills. Mr. McKenstry brings his life experience as a Baltimore native as well as years of professional development to his work with youth.

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