Community Mediation

Conflict is a part of every relationship and community. It is also an opportunity to understand each other better. Mediation resolves conflict non-violently, using dialogue to foster mutual respect and understanding.

What is Mediation?

“Mediation is a process in which an impartial third party facilitates communication and negotiation, and promotes voluntary decision making by the parties to the dispute.”

– Model Standards of Conduct of Mediators (American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, Association for Conflict Resolution)

Benefits of Mediation

  • APADRC mediators and linguistically and culturally competent. We offer mediations in a variety of languages.
  • You have more control over the process, as clients generate their own solutions.
  • It is faster and less time consuming. We schedule mediations that fit your availability.
  • Mediations are private and confidential.
  • Telephone conciliation is available if face-to-face mediation is unwanted or impractical.
  • Mediation empowers you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage future conflicts.

What kinds of conflicts can we mediate?

The APADRC mediates many different kinds of mediations, including (but not limited to):

  • Family Disputes (couples and marital issues, parent/child conflicts)
  • Divorce mediation (to reach settlement and child custody agreements)
  • Housing (landlord/tenant, neighbor/neighbor)
  • Workplace (wage issues, employer/employee, co-worker disputes)
  • Business (consumer/merchant, debt collection)
  • Seniors (family issues, caretaker/patient)
  • Organizational (within/between organizations)

To see if your case is appropriate for mediation, call the APADRC at (213) 250-8190 or contact us.

How much does mediation cost?

There is a $20 admin fee. However, the APADRC will never turn a client away for lack of funds, and this fee may be waived.

How do I start a case?

Call the APADRC at (213) 250-8190 or start a case online.

About Us

The Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center provides mediation and conflict resolution services to the diverse communities in the Los Angeles region. Through our mediation services, we offer people an alternative to costly and time-consuming court services. We also strive to improve human relations and race relations by addressing complex, cross-cultural community conflicts and their root causes through collaboration with community partners. We are dedicated to serving traditionally under-served and underrepresented people in order to ensure equal access for all.

Client Quotes


Fair Service Is Only A Phone Call Away
“The service from APADRC is amazing. I could not have resolved this issue alone. However, with the help of our mediator, he was able to make it happen and have all issues resolved. Our mediator is informative, prompt, and intelligent, not to mention caring and understanding. I was able to get my security deposit back from my landlord and resolve my utility issues with my agent/landlord. This service helped me understand that there is help out there, and getting the fair service I needed is only a phone call away. I would definitely use this service again and recommend it to friends and family that cannot resolve issues themselves.”

Improves Neighbor Relationships
“The service helped me by reaching out to my neighbor in a non-threatening manner. It made it easier for both of us to communicate and reach a workable agreement. I would recommend APADRC to others and would use it again in the future. Thank you for your assistance.”

Professional and Empathetic Mediators
“I want to thank you so much for having such a professional person like our mediator. I felt helpless, but I thank you so much for having such a polite and extraordinary person. I absolutely will recommend Dispute Resolution programs to my family and friends. God bless you for what you do for the community.”

Recuperating Wages and Empowering Minority Communities
“The contractor did not pay me. And thanks to this service, you helped me very much to recuperate the wages. This is a great organization! This service is a great help to the Latin community, and needed because there is a lot of fear.”

Providing Mediation in Your Language
“I would like to say thank you very much for this community, because my English not very much, but the people in this community try to help me very well. I very happy to say thank you to our mediator very much to help me in this case.”

Rebuilding Family Ties
“I am very pleased with the services and our mediators. I am glad that I found APADRC. My son and I can better communicate and come to understand each other. Our mediators took my son to a level of openness and caring that he is willing to talk and understand. It helped me look at my sons and love them more. Thanks to the people I met.”

Case Workers Dedicated to Resolution
“Our mediator was doing his job well and was tirelessly contacting the creditors in a professional manner. We recommend this service to anyone, our mediator had done a great job. We’re really grateful the way he handled our case. God bless your job…”

Transforming Conflicts Through Mediation
“My experience with your center was very satisfying. My first call was very professional and informative, and our mediator was patient as well as sympathetic to my situation. I hesitated calling your center because it said Asian, and I’m black, but I decided to call anyway and I’m glad I did. PS. Your letter said you were sorry that an agreement wasn’t reached, but I feel it was because I’m not worried any more. Thank you kindly.”

Settling Medical Bills
“I would like to express my gratitude toward the APADRC. Through your help over the past 8 months, I have been able to settle my medical bills. I would highly recommend your service to my friends and relatives, thank you!”

Encouraging Dialogue and Creating Understanding
“I am grateful that you helped settle the difficulties I have with my neighbor. I feel much safer, the place is as quiet as before. I believe it is the difference between culture, education, environment, and miscommunication. With your help, we finally resolved our discrepancy. Your program gave me peace of mind even though we cannot afford legal advice. We elderly at least know someone nearby is always ready to help. Thanks again, and keep up with your good work!”

Referred To Mediation
“I did not choose your services, but the process I went through with our mediator was very helpful. I would like to thank him for his help.”

Laying The Groundwork For Conflict Resolution
“Even though we were not able to reach a settlement at the mediation, the organization and our mediator helped me move toward the right direction. After mediation, I was able to reach a settlement because of the groundwork laid out by our mediator. Thank you so much!”

Repairing Laundry Machines and Lives
“I am very satisfied with the outcome of the case. My laundry machine is fixed and I am incredibly grateful for the service the APADRC provided. Everyone was very hard working, diligent, and caring towards my situation. I highly recommend the APADRC to other Koreans facing difficult situations.”

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