INTEC and Citizen Participation promote conflict mediation
They sign an agreement to improve access to justice for individuals and groups that have been violated, through the promotion of alternative methods of conflict resolution
SANTO DOMINGO.- The Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) and Citizen Participation established a strategic alliance to enhance access to justice for the people and groups affected, through the Community Justice Houses, which coordinates Citizen Participation in various parts of the country.
The agreement was signed by the Rector of INTEC, Dr. Rolando M. Guzmán and the general coordinator of the non-partisan civic movement, Dr. Cándido Mercedes, during a ceremony held in the Hall of the Rectory of the university attended by representatives of both institutions.
"Of each 100 homicide half is social violence, that is, how serious as crime are the inadequate forms of social interaction and the lack of tolerance we have," said Mercedes.
Guzmán expressed his satisfaction with the pact, due to the tradition that unites both institutions and the dedicated work of PC and its Community Houses.
The agreement will allow INTEC Psychology students to carry out their internships, channeling the cases that require assistance in mental health, mainly in the Community House of Justice of Las Caobas, located in the National District. It also contemplates conducting research, intervention programs in social, community and educational psychology.
The attention in the Community Houses of Justice, which register about 200 thousand users, is based on alternative methods of peaceful resolution of conflicts. Conflicts are resolved free of charge, with mediation through impartial third parties and without judicializing them. The Public Prosecutor's Office certifies the agreements reached by those affected. "This promotes peaceful coexistence, the creation of values of coexistence, the protection of citizen rights and therefore the democratization of justice," said Maricécili Mora, professor of Psychology who will follow up on the agreement by INTEC.
The most frequent conflicts are usually due to issues of custody, parental authority, maintenance, noise, use of common spaces, minor brawls, domestic animals, succession inheritance processes and debts for unpaid or unrealized work, among others.
The INTEC students will participate in the execution of citizen education plans for the strengthening of the Community Houses of Justice, as a new way of promoting citizen access to justice in the municipalities where they operate.
The firm was present together with Mercedes and Guzmán, Ruth Henríquez, technical coordinator of the Casa Comunitaria de Justicia de Participación Ciudadana Program. On behalf of INTEC, attended by Migdalia Martínez, dean of the Area of Social Sciences and Humanities, Elsa López, deputy deputy of the area, César Castellanos, professor of the area and Patricia Portela, Director of Institutional Relations.
Participación Ciudadana is a non-partisan civic movement of pressure and consensus for the construction of a democratic, transparent society free of corruption and impunity.
The organization executes the Casas Comunitarias de Justicia program, which is designed to facilitate access to justice for vulnerable sectors. It is a tool to bring the judicial and municipal authorities closer to the communities. In this service model, the population resolves and solves their controversies through alternative methods of conflict resolution and formal justice action without leaving their environment of coexistence.