Monday, March 8, 2004

Spanish-language mediation on budget chopping block

"One alternative to a trial is the mediation program offered by the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC)."

"But that option might be lost to budget cuts."

"'Unless we can raise the funds elsewhere, we'll have to shut our doors,' said De'An Bass of NCRC. The service is sponsored by the Nashville Bar Association and funded in part by Metro government."

"Bass and other experts on mediation said it helps average citizens navigate the court system. For example, the NCRC program has mediators who speak Spanish to help immigrants, mediator Maria Valentin-Pridgen said. She is also program director of the Multicultural Resolutions Program."

"In mediation, a neutral third person helps warring parties resolve a dispute without going to court."

The Tennessean

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