New Guide – DataJam Against Exploitation: Participant Handbook

As part of the DataJam Against Exploitation 2021, the first online innovation competition in Canada, a “Participant Handbook” was developed and published. The event, financed by the Government of Canada, was organized in partnership between the ICPC, Fundación Pasos Libres, IBM, and the UNODC.

The handbook was adapted and translated collaboratively by the Fundación Pasos Libres, the ICPC and the UNODC from an earlier version published by Fundación Pasos Libres, with the support of IBM Corporate Social Responsibility, as part of the training materials for the DataJam Pasos Libres Online 2020, the first international contest of its kind, also on human trafficking.

The DataJam Against exploitation, held in May 2021, aimed to develop technological solutions to spot and fight human trafficking in Canada, especially the trafficking of youth, indigenous people, and members of the LGBTQI+ community. The contest also hoped to increase public awareness of human trafficking, to improve participants knowledge and resources, and to further intersectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration. The handbook contains three explanatory modules offering the reader an introduction to human trafficking in Canada and related issues, an overview of data’s importance in the fight against this crime, and case studies.

The first module, Introduction to Human Trafficking, discusses means of exploitation, risk factors, and recruitment and control methods. It also takes a brief look at different forms of legislation aimed at the prevention of human trafficking.

The second module, Human Trafficking and Data, explores the importance of data in the fight against human trafficking. It gives a few examples of key industries and compelling data as well as certain data security and protection considerations.

The last module, Case Studies / Cases of Success, is on three organizations and initiatives that used the power of data and collaboration to prevent and fight human trafficking.

Download: DataJam Against Exploitation: Participant Handbook

Webinar series on crime prevention and analysis

The ICPC is co-organizing a webinar series this year aiming to further the international conversation on crime prevention and analysis. The other organizing parties are the Department of Public security of the Organization of American States, The International Association of Crime Analysts, and Alberto Hurtado University’s Faculty of Law. The latest edition that took place in June focused on crime prevention and analysis in urban areas of Latin America. A variety of panelists exchanged their knowledge of and innovations in crime prevention on local and community levels. Subjects covered include information use, criminological analysis, and key decisions in safety, crime, and violence interventions. A focus was put on issues concerning vulnerable populations and lands.

The ICPC participates in International Prison Innovation Week

On June 24th, the ICPC presented at International Prison Innovation Week organized in Chile by our partner, the Coinserta network. The ICPC’s presentation, “Developing an Intervention and Prevention Response to Radicalization Leading to Violence in the French Probation System”, was on its research-action developed in 2016 to prevent violent extremism in the French probation system. The presentation aimed to introduce a radicalization prevention tool, specifically for a custodial setting, that could be adapted to the needs of indigenous communities in Chile.

TIJ celebrates it’s 10th anniversary

This year, on June 13th, the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) celebrated its 10th anniversary. The ICPC is pleased to be among the TIJ’s collaborators. It is an institution that has been leading Thailand’s efforts in the field of criminal justice, reintegration, and the rule of law for the past 10 years, and is a fellow member of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes (PNI).

“It is important for us to acknowledge the work of this renowned research institution that promotes a community of justice fostering human rights principles and the rule of law. The extensive involvement of the TIJ’s members has led this institute to become a key player in crime prevention and criminal justice strategies on a global scale, and by fostering important partnerships, it has succeeded in evolving and innovating emerging trends in crime prevention and criminal justice. We are confident that the TIJ will continue to fulfill its mission for many years to come.” – Ann Champoux, Director General at the ICPC

For more information, see the TIJ’s publication: Growing Bright.

The ICPC invited to a conversation on urban security

On June 8th, the ICPC was invited by the European Forum for Urban Safety (Efus) and by the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP) to take part in an informal conversation on urban safety. The main subjects discussed were each of the invited organizations challenges in the face of COVID-19, their on-going projects, and their up-coming events.

Among the attendees were the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), both ICPC members.

The ICPC joins the Traffik Analysis Hub

The ICPC was recently invited to join the Traffik Analysis Hub (TA Hub), which is aimed at global human trafficking prevention. It is a joint effort from across different sectors and industries, governments, and NGO partners, all committed to sharing data and knowledge in order to help the fight against human trafficking.

On May 28th, the ICPC took part in the Analyst monthly call, along with representatives from multiple partners of the TA Hub. At the meeting, some new features of the platform were presented, and some of the practical challenges were discussed as well as possible avenues to overcome them.

Winners of the DataJam Against Exploitation revealed

Friday June 4th, at the end of the DataJam Against Exploitation that brought together 75 participants of 16 different nationalities, the winning teams were announced. In first place came Buyer Resist from Vancouver who created a web app that helped track traffickers by comparing the text from escort agency adds across Canada. They will receive a monetary prize and a spot in the IBM Incubator Program to help them further develop their project. They will also be invited to participate in the DataJam Pasos Libres 2021 that will take place on a world-wide scale in the fall, and lastly, their project will be promoted by all the co-organizers of the DataJam Against Exploitation.

Team Scotiabank AMA from Toronto, 5 data scientists from Scotiabank Anti-Money Laundering Models and Analytics (AML), came in second place, and the third place went to CDL Team from Montreal and affiliated with Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (Mila). This event marked the official ending of the competition.

The ICPC attends a PNI meeting

The ICPC attended the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI)’s 2021 spring coordination meeting. This opportunity allowed follow-up discussions on the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Japan and on the 30th Session of the Comission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

Among the attendees were the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), and the l’Instituto Latinoamericano de las Naciones Unidas para la Prevención del Delito y el Tratamiento del Delincuente (ILANUD), also members of the ICPC.

The ICPC participates in International Prison Innovation Week

On June 24th, the ICPC will be presenting as part of International Prison Innovation Week organised by the Coinserta network that promotes innovation in the prison ecosystem. From 10:45 to 11:15 EDT, the ICPC, who is a member of said network, will deliver a presentation on the prevention of radicalization of violence in conditional release. Among the other speakers there are the University of Birmigham, the Centre for Reintegration Initiatives (CIRE) of the Catalonian Department of Justice, the University of Barcelona, the Norwegian Correctional Service, the Chilean Gendarmerie, the University of Belfast and the University of Glasgow.

The event will be hosted online on Zoom. Click here to sign up.

The ICPC presents the “DataJam Against Exploitation” as a means of preventing human trafficking

On the 21st of May at The Cybersecurity Revolution 2021 event (SECREV) hosted by SERENE-RISC, the ICPC participated in a conference on cybersecurity with the Fundación Pasos Libres. They presented the DataJam Against Exploitation 2021 as a technological innovation and a means of prevention against human trafficking.

SECREV is a free annual online event who’s goal is to facilitate the international exchange of information on cybersecurity.

The conference is available in on YouTube.