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The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) is a U.S. based 501 (c) (3) tax exempt public charity, nonprofit and non-governmental organization working to develop alternative methods of preventing, resolving, and educating people about inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in countries around the world. We work with the State of New York residents and diaspora associations, national governments, judiciary, schools, community leaders, religious groups, peace advocates, media, local, regional and international organizations, etc. to foster a culture of peace among ethnic and religious groups through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects.
We are committed to creating a new world characterized by peace, irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences. We strongly believe that the use of mediation and dialogue in preventing and resolving ethnic and religious conflicts in countries around the world is the key to creating sustainable peace.
Specific Programs and Services:
ICERM organizes its work into five specific programs:
- Research: We create and maintain a global ethno-religious conflict alert database and develop new conflict prevention and resolution tools.
- Education and Training: We educate people about ethnic and religious conflicts through online radio, peace forums, conferences/workshops/seminars and publications, and we train new mediators and facilitators through classroom and e-learning modalities.
- Expert Consultation: We provide consultation services, monitoring and evaluation, post-conflict investigation and reporting, election observation and assistance to formal and informal leadership.
- Dialogue and Mediation: We facilitate communication and dialogue and assist parties to reach a mutually satisfactory solution through unbiased, culturally-sensitive, confidential, regionally-costed and expeditious processes.
- Rapid Response Projects: We provide moral and material support to the victims of ethno-religious conflict.
ICERM adopts as its mandate the following purposes:
- To conduct technical, multidisciplinary and result-oriented research on ethno-religious conflicts in countries around the world;
- To develop alternative methods of resolving inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts through research, education and training, expert consultation, dialogue and mediation, and rapid response projects;
- To nurture and promote a dynamic synergy among diaspora associations and organizations in New York State and in the United States in general, for a proactive ethno-religious conflict resolution in countries around the world;
- To organize peace education programs for students in order to strengthen peaceful co-existence amidst cultural, ethnic and religious differences;
- To create forums for communication, dialogue, inter-ethnic and inter-religious exchanges through the use of modern technology, social media, conferences,seminars, workshops, lectures, arts, publications, sports, etc.;
- To organize ethno-religious mediation training programs for community leaders, religious leaders, ethnic group representatives, political parties, public officers, lawyers, security officers, physicians, health-care workers, activists, artists, business leaders, women associations, students, teachers, etc.;
- To promote and provide inter-community, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious mediation services in countries around the world, under unbiased, confidential, regionally costed and expeditious process;
- To act as a resource center for mediation practitioners, scholars and policy makers in the area of inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inter-community and inter-cultural conflict resolution;
- To co-ordinate the activities of and assist existing institutions concerned with ethno-religious conflict resolution in countries around the world;
- To provide professional and consultation services to formal and informal leadership, local, regional and international organizations, as well as other interested agencies, in the area of inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inter-community and inter-cultural conflict resolution.
To solidify ICERM’s foundation, we need vibrant and motivated men and women who will join us.