This week’s guest is Catherine Pierce, Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women.
The Community Relations Service (CRS) has been called the Department of Justice’s “peacemaker agency.” CRS is charged with reducing local community level tension and conflicts that arise from issues of race, color and national origin. To accomplish that goal, CRS works with state and local authorities, as well as community groups.
Our discussion includes talk of the agency’s role in helping to quell racial tension after the 2008 Presidential election.
We also discuss how the agency balances the need for confidentiality with the need to share information with federal, state and local law enforcement.