Ethnic Mediation Council of St. Louis
The more than three dozen members of the Ethnic Mediation Council of St. Louis (EMC) are a diverse group of trained mediators representing 26 different ethnicities.
As a resource for the local immigrant and non-immigrant communities alike, they offer their services to mediate conflict within families, neighborhoods, and in the workplace.
Their efforts over the past several years have led to more peaceful resolution of disputes that otherwise might have ended in violence and/or litigation. Thus, they helped maintain the coherent fabric of the whole St. Louis community and its neighborhoods.
As members of the more newly arrived immigrant groups, the EMC mediators both speak the home language of the disputants and understand their culture, since the mediators themselves often share both. This allows them to work within their ethnic communities when problems arise, as well as to co-mediate between disputants of different ethnic backgrounds, such as between immigrant and Native-born neighbors.
The EMC mediators meet at the International Institute throughout the year for continued professional development. This project is supported by the International Institute in cooperation with Washington University, School of Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Mediators and coordinators provide their services on a volunteer basis. Conflict mediation services are free and confidential.
For more information or to arrange for a mediation contact
Pamela A DeVoe, PhD
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