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Update to New York Peace Institute Response to COVID-19

Thank you to all of our clients, donors, volunteers, and other supporters who have helped us through the past few years and our transition to make the provision of virtual conflict resolution and restorative services possible. At the present time, we provide both virtual and in-person mediation, trainings, and facilitated dialogues and circles. Please note that for the immediate future both our Manhattan and Brooklyn offices remain closed for walk-in clients.

We will continue to amend our policies to respond to the City’s health needs, as appropriate, moving forward. If you have additional questions or would like to arrange a free mediation, training, or other service, please visit our website and submit a request or reach out to us at info@nypeace.org.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Give Community on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday. This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of community by donating to New York Peace Institute!

Community is a core value in all our work. Additionally, we have created an incredibly important community of staff, volunteers, Board members, and supporters. And, perhaps most importantly, we work with diverse communities across New York City to provide necessary conflict resolution and restorative services, including trainings, mediations, circles, and facilitated dialogues.  To give and learn more about how your gift can help New York Peace Institute, visit this link.

Can I make my neighbor mow his lawn?

NYTimes asked what to do when your neighbor is not abiding by city rules for homeowners. (See article here.) Our Director of Programs, Michele Kirschbaum, provided advice – including to get mediation from New York Peace Institute.  Give us a call!

NYPI Launches New Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project in Partnership with NYC and other local CDRCs

New York Peace Institute is excited to announce the launch of a new program – the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Project – that is a direct response to COVID-19 and the adverse impact it has had on NYC tenants’ ability to maintain their homes. This new project, developed and implemented by NYPI in partnership with the City of New York and other local non-profit Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), will serve hundreds of New Yorkers each month by addressing rent-related and other housing issues in a mediation setting outside of the housing court system, with a focus on neighborhoods most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Statement of Solidarity

New York Peace Institute stands in solidarity with the protesters in New York City and across the country who demonstrate courage and justifiable outrage at our nation’s historical pattern of racist attacks and murders.


We are deeply saddened by the acts of racial animus that have unfolded over the last few weeks and throughout history. The injustices against black people in this country are the result of a long, institutionalized legacy of racism, and the current focus on this important matter is long overdue.


We extend our condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in the recent turbulent weeks and to those who have been significantly and forever impacted by racialized violence throughout our country’s history.


Immediate action is necessary to transform our institutions and to end the power imbalances and legacy of injustice and inequity that pervade our City and country as a whole.


New York Peace Institute is devoted to the hard work necessary to navigate and/or resolve conflict. We vehemently support and promote difficult but critical dialogue, the use of restorative justice processes, and the widespread dissemination of peaceful de-escalation tactics.


Moving forward, we commit to speaking loudly and more frequently about the racism and inequity in our community, and we endeavor to engage in efforts to eliminate injustice, discrimination, and violence once and for all.


In peace and solidarity,

New York Peace Institute

PeaceRaiser 2020










PeaceRaiser 2020 will now be a series of online events and a month-  long online giving campaign. Please support PeaceRaiser 2020 by donating, helping us fundraise, and joining  one of our virtual events. Click here for more information.