Imbalance in Power Dynamic

by Katherine Pham Conflict Resolution Specialist The APADRC has a strong sense of community, in that individuals who have sought help from us in the past have known that they can rely on us to help them in the future as well. James is one such individual who has had a lasting relationship with the …

Restorative Justice Outreach Activities!

by Sean Dwyer Assistant Program Director What a day I had on Thursday July 24, 2014! As a reasonable addition to my bike and my bus pass, I got a Zip Car account, so I could zip, as they say, to Restorative Justice meetings both downtown and in the San Gabriel Valley. And I had …

Restorative Justice in the Community

Restorative Justice in the Community by Sean Dwyer, Assistant Program Director It is nearly impossible to imagine a positive experience in the prison system. There is always the possibility of reading many books, working out, perhaps even taking school courses, but the experience for the majority of inmates is encouragement towards an ongoing path of …

Leading A Successful Mediation: Tips

Daniel Cheung Volunteer Mediator A successful mediation will often leave you feeling accomplished because you’ve saved your parties’ from wasting time, money, and having a headache. However, leading a successful mediation will not always be easy as each case has its own challenges. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to help your …

The Role of Law in Mediation

by Shawn Jang Who is a better mediator? A young lawyer or a grey-haired, non-lawyer community leader? This is one of the constantly debated issues in the dispute resolution field. Some argue that legal knowledge is an essential armor that an efficient mediator must be equipped with. Others say that the communication and facilitation skills …

Yoga: The Light Within

  “Yoga: The Light Within” By Julian Lee Upon taking on the role of marketing and development assistant at APADRC, I was overjoyed to find that I had stepped into a warm community of peacemakers. Being in an office environment where people take pride and ownership of their responsibilities as a professional and as an …

A Third Party

“A Third Party” By: Andrew Mathews             Prior to working for the APADRC as a Conflict Resolution Specialist, I had very little knowledge about mediation or the process and skills needed for the position.  I quickly learned that patience and persistence play a significant role in the success or failure of the mediator and case.  …

Saving Business Relationships

Saving Business Relationships By Ying Wang In this story of a successful mediation between a business and its long-time customer, we start with Sally, who had the tail light of her BMW repaired at Joseph’s repair shop. Sally paid Joseph $700 for the repair. Two months later, one of the car’s sensors began to malfunction, …

Creating a Forum for Community Dialogue and Action in Japan

After leaving the APADRC as Program Director and arriving in Tokyo this past August, time has been peeling away as I’ve acclimated.  There has been so much to learn: new cultural norms, language, re-establishing a routine, growing familiar with the institutions of International Christian University (ICU) where I am an MA graduate student, and getting …

Breaking the Cycle of Violence

by Jennifer Torres Living in Southern Los Angeles violence was prevalent throughout my community, as I saw gang violence emerge from every corner at night. Late at night I would wake up to the noise of helicopters flying right above my neighborhood due to gang violence. I grew up in a violent community and I would see …