OAS and ICPC Organize a Discussion on the Role of Civil Society Crime Observatories in Mexico and Central America

On Tuesday, November 8, 2020, the Third Discussion of the Inter-American Community of Crime Observatories jointly organized by the Department of Public Security of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) took place.

The panelists were Alfonso Domínguez (Mexico), Migdonia Ayestas (Honduras) and Carlos Mendoza (Guatemala). The presentations provided an opportunity to learn more about the creation and mandate of their respective observatories, their methods of data collection, processing and analysis, and their strategies for disseminating results.

The exchanges that followed these three presentations included discussions on the contribution of civil society observatories on violence and crime in unfavourable and difficult contexts. According to Mr. Mendoza and Ms. Ayestas, such observatories contribute to greater transparency and credibility around the construction of knowledge because they approach official data on crime with a more critical eye. This function is essential in countries where trust in state institutions is relatively low. Carlos Mendoza, coordinator of the Regional Observatory of Violence, also believes that this type of structure makes it possible to highlight problems "that governments cannot see or do not want to see".

The exchanges also addressed the challenges faced by these observatories in collecting and analyzing data on crime in the Mexican and Central American contexts. In particular, Ms. Ayestas highlighted the difficulty of obtaining official data from uncooperative public authorities and the difficulty of conducting perception and victimization surveys in some dangerous neighborhoods. Mr. Mendoza referred to the dependence of these observatories on the goodwill of governments for access to data, illustrating his point by the way recent decisions by the Guatemalan government limit transparency.

The event was organized by video conference and was broadcast live. It can be viewed in its entirety online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjNtPsK9sIA.

ICPC’s Participation in Crime Prevention Week

As part of Crime Prevention Week, held from November 1 to 7, 2020, the Réseau d'échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, offered a webinar on November 5 on the place of youth in the city, and how sports, arts and recreation can play a protective role in the prevention of crime,

The RESAL provided a space for discussion to highlight different sports, arts and recreational projects that have a positive impact on the lives of young Montrealers, by inviting three panelists to answer the following questions:

  • What led you to define your project to meet the needs of youth and what needs does it meet?
  • How has this project created a space for youth in the city?
  • What success factors were observed in terms of harmonious sharing in the public space?

The invited panelists were Elizabeth-Ann Doyle, Executive and Artistic Director, MU, Ernest Jr. Edmond, Founder, Les Ballons Intensifs, and Claude Majeau, Co-creator of the collective work "J'suis pas juste ...".

To learn more about their projects, please visit the following page: https://www.resal-mtl.com/colloque-2021

ICPC’s participation in a series of webinars on Pursuing Urban Safety Objectives towards the Sustainable Development Goals in Times of Extreme Disruption

ICPC took part in the Webinar Zero “Let’s change the world and make it a safer place”, organized by the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and Fixed, on October 29, 2020. This presentation was intended to initiate a collective conversation on how to harness a shared understanding of the complexity of urban safety in order to change safety practices to be more inclusive and mutually reinforcing across sectors and disciplines. This webinar is the first in a series that has been developed to respond, through collective learning, reflection and problem-solving, to the urban safety crisis accelerated by COVID-19. In preparation for the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in March 2021, the webinar series will provide a platform for civil society to participate productively in defining the urban security agenda for the future and to propose tools and practices for the implementation of integrated urban safety in local environments.

For more information: https://crimealliance.org/resources/m/2020-10-27_changetheworldzero

To watch ICPC's presentation on the impact of covid-19 on urban safety (in Montreal), starting at 21:30 :

RESAL’s online discussion panel on the place of youth in the city

*Please note that the discussion will be held in French.

The Réseau d'échanges et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, is proud to announce its third annual colloquium focusing on the place of youth in the city.

This year, due to social distancing measures, the RESAL is offering a new formula of three webinars that will lead to a face-to-face colloquium in the spring of 2021, if the situation allows. These webinars are intended to foster discussions between key players in violence prevention in Montreal on the following themes:

  1. Sports, arts and recreation
  2. Knowledge and culture
  3. Employment and housing

RÉSAL invites you to its first online discussion panel on the place of youth in the city, and more specifically on how sports, arts and recreation can act as protective factors for young people.

We would like to offer a space for discussion in order to highlight various sports, arts and recreation-related projects that have a positive impact on the lives of young Montrealers.

Three panelists will be presenting their projects:

The following questions will be addressed in particular:

  • What led you to define your project to meet the needs of youth and what needs does it address?
  • How has this project created a space for youth in the city?
  • What success factors were observed in terms of harmonious sharing in the public space?

Information to remember: 
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 
Registration: online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-la-place-des-jeunes-dans-la-ville-125275487355)

The number of registrations is limited: first come, first served!

ICPC’s participation in the annual CMNCP conference

The ICPC is happy to have participated as a panelist at the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention's annual conference "The Future of Crime Prevention and Community Safety - Innovation, Diversity, and Multisectoral Approaches", a network that builds capacity and mobilizes Canadian municipalities to prevent and reduce crime and foster community safety and well-being.

This event, held on October 8, 2020, brought together more than 200 participants from across Canada, working specifically at the local and municipal levels in the area of crime and violence prevention and public safety. The themes discussed included youth violence prevention, the future of crime prevention and the impact of current events (COVID, the movement against police brutality, Black Lives Matter, movements against systemic racism, etc.).

Thank you for the invitation!

To learn more about ICPC's seminars and international meetings, we invite you to consult this page.