Re: DSM: Interest increasing?
Sun, 7 Jan 2001 15:49:01 EST

In a message dated 1/5/01 6:52:08 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

<< I don't believe
 that it empowers people. It brings another person into the picture who acts
 as an intermediary between people. Representing someone else or intervening
 on someone's behalf doesn't lead automatically to empowering people to work
 out things for themselves or to ensure they know they have the power to seek
 recourse through a justice system or to raise the matter at a SM. >>

The idea of the ombudsman isn't to empower people. It's used to aid those
who need it, help in understanding and being heard in proceedings. It's more
of an informational translation thing.

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