Upcoming Events – May

The DataJam Against Exploitation, an online event being held May 7-17, 2021, aims to increase public awareness of human trafficking, enhance the technical and physical capacity of participants, and strengthen collaboration across interdisciplinary sectors to prevent this crime in Canada.

This competition, funded by the Government of Canada, is offered in partnership with the ICPC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Fundación Pasos Libres, and IBM. With the objective of developing innovative technological solutions, participating teams will have access to expert presentations, workshops, and mentoring to learn about the issue.

To this end, there will be sessions open to all, which you can attend without having to take part in the competition. As the event is taking place across Canada, please note that the official languages of communication for these sessions are French and English.

Here is the agenda of the sessions open to the public:

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:30-11:15 a.m. (EST) – Session in French and English

OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOMING MESSAGES

Speakers:

  • Mark Schindel, Director of Public Safety, Public Safety Canada
  • Panagiotis Papadimitriou, Team Leader, Technical Cooperation, UNODC
  • Ann Champoux, Director General, ICPC
  • Claude Guay, President and General Manager, IBM Canada
  • Sebastián Arévalo Sánchez, Co-founder, Fundación Pasos Libres

To register

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in English

DATAJAM PREVISOUS EXPERIENCES

The objective of this session is to provide participants with specific examples of the dynamics and outcomes of previous DataJam competitions.

Speakers:

  • Keltoum Laghjibi, Global Public Health and Informatics Student, University of Virginia
  • Laura Rodriguez Rodriguez, Student in Computer and Systems Engineering, University of the Andes, and co-founder of Aleph Mind.

To register

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in English

CONFERENCE: ALBERTA’S RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The objective of this session is for participants to understand the importance of partnerships to provide high quality services to victims of human trafficking.

  • Speaker:
  • Jane Fox, Director General, REACH

To register

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in French

CONFERENCE: VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE AMERICAS

This session aims to provide participants with a better understanding of how the issue of human trafficking has been addressed by seven countries in the Americas, including Canada.

Speaker:

  • Fernando A. Chinchilla, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, ICPC

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Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in English

CONFERENCE: HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESEARCH IN CANADA

The objective of this session is to increase participants’ awareness of the challenges of data collection on human trafficking.

Speaker:

  • Kathy AuCoin, Chief, Analysis Program, Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics, Statistics Canada

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Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in French

CONFERENCE: HOW TO DEVELOP TOOLS THAT HELP PREVENT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS: WHAT TO DO AND WHAT NOT TO DO?

The goal of this session is to help participants understand and appreciate the importance of measuring the effects and implications (intended and unintended) of their anti-trafficking solutions.

Speaker:

  • Josée Mensales, Co-founder and coordinator of the Survivors Program, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM)

To register

 

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (EST) – Session in French and English

PANEL – TRAFFICKING AND VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES: HUMAN AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHALLENGES

This panel invites participants to better understand why certain communities are more vulnerable to human trafficking and what are the technological and human challenges to curb the phenomenon. Two survivors will also contribute to the discussion.

Speakers:

  • Nathalie Khlat, Co-founder and Director of Projects, Le Phare des AffranchiEs
  • Diane Redsky, Executive Director, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata

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Saturday, May 9, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in English

CASE STUDY: HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND DATA ANALYSIS

At the end of this session, participants will know how the first ever global data hub to facilitate the sharing of information about human trafficking across industries works.

Speaker:

  • Neil Giles, Director, Traffik Analysis Hub

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Saturday, May 9, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST) – Session in English

CASE STUDY: PROJECT SHADOW

At the end of this session, participants will have an overview of Project Shadow and some of the most advanced analytic capabilities to combat human trafficking.

Speakers:

  • Joseph Mari, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit and External Partners, Scotiabank
  • Vishal Gossain, Vice President, AML/ATF Analytics

To register

Upcoming webinar on risks and trends in online child exploitation

UPCOMING WEBINAR-DISCUSSION
Cybertip.ca: Risks and trends in online child exploitation

Date: April 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EST)
Online registration

As part of the DataJam Against Exploitation, a competition being held from May 7 to May 17, 2021, to develop technological solutions to combat human trafficking in Canada, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM Corporate Social Responsibility, is pleased to invite you to its upcoming webinar "Cybertip.ca: Risks and trends in online child exploitation" on Thursday, April 29.

We are excited to host René Morin, francophone spokesperson for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for this discussion.

There will also be an interactive chat at the end of the discussion to learn more about the DataJam Against Exploitation competition being held this spring (https://www.ibm.org/data-jam) and to answer your questions.

Please note that the webinar will be held in French.

Online registration

The ICPC launches a competition to combat human trafficking in Canada

The ICPC is pleased to have launched the DataJam Against Exploitation, a technological competition to combat human trafficking in Canada, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM Corporate Social Responsibility. This competition, funded by the Government of Canada, seeks to increase public awareness of human trafficking, improve participants’ technical and substantive capabilities, and enhance collaboration among interdisciplinary sectors in Canada.

The competition will be held online from May 7th to May 17th, 2021, and includes a three-day training and mentoring program on human trafficking and IBM technologies facilitated by partner organizations and relevant stakeholders engaged in combatting human trafficking.

This DataJam will focus on designing tech-based solutions that will contribute to developing tech-based solutions to specific challenges in combatting human trafficking in Canada. Participants will be required to select one of the following challenges:

  1. Solutions that provide new insights into human trafficking of Indigenous, Northern and remote communities, LGBTQI+ people, or vulnerable youth, to raise awareness, detect, and prosecute crime against these communities.
  2. Solutions to identify, prevent and prosecute youth and child exploitation online, most notably in social media and online gaming platforms.
  3. Solutions exploring the relationship between human trafficking and socioeconomic factors, migration, COVID-19, natural disasters, or major events to identify trafficking patterns, networks and hotspots.

For more information and to register: https://www.ibm.org/data-jam

*Please note that the deadline to register is April 26, 2021. Registration deadline has been extended to May 3, 2021.

Upcoming Event: Launch of the 2021 DataJam Against Exploitation

The ICPC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM Corporate Social Responsibility are joining forces to launch the 2021 DATAJAM AGAINST EXPLOITATION, a technological innovation competition that seeks to increase public awareness of human trafficking, improve participants' technical and substantive capabilities, and enhance collaboration among interdisciplinary sectors in Canada.

We invite you to participate in the launch event on Thursday, April 1, at 1:00 pm (EST): Registration

This will be an information session, in French and English, to introduce the competition and an opportunity to ask your questions.
For more information and to find out how to support this competition : Concept note (in English and French)

ICPC continues to participate in the “Change the World” webinar series

On February 10, ICPC participated as a panelist in the webinar entitled "Knowledge Systems to Enable Urban Safety" organized by the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) ainsi que l’organisation Fixed. This webinar addressed opportunities and concerns linked to knowledge building, data, adaptive learning and the link between knowledge, policy and practice. Among the questions addressed were: How to democratize the safe use of data? How to integrate different types of data? How to build the credibility and usability of qualitative data? How to better manage data and knowledge to support good policy?

Click here to watch ICPC’s contribution:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqdReJkHSqs

ICPC’s participation in a webinar on the place of youth in the city

On February 4, the Réseau d'échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, offered a webinar on the place of youth in the city, more specifically on how knowledge and culture can act as protective factors for youth.

The RÉSAL opened a space for discussion to highlight different projects related to knowledge and culture that have a positive impact on the lives of Montreal youth in terms of violence prevention.

The invited panelists included Lucie Caillère, Executive Director of Projet Harmonie, Kémy St-Éloy, Community Coordinator, Prevention Pointe-de-l'Île, Katrina Journeau, Executive Director and co-founder of Prima Danse, and Karine Lavoie, Executive Director of Cirque Hors Piste.

To learn more about their presented projects, please visit the following page: https://www.resal-mtl.com/savoirs-et-culture.

Second RESAL Online Panel Discussion on the Place of Youth in the City

The Réseau d'échanges et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, invites you to its second online discussion panel on the place of young people in the city, and more specifically on how knowledge and culture can act as protective factors for youth.

The RÉSAL wishes to offer a space for discussion in order to highlight different initiatives and projects related to knowledge and culture that have a positive impact on the lives of Montreal youth, in terms of violence prevention.

The four following panelists will be part of the conversation:

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, February 4, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-la-place-des-jeunes-dans-la-ville-136637834441)

This webinar is open to all, especially those working with youth.

The number of registrations is limited: first come, first served! Looking forward to seeing you there!

*Please note that the discussion will take place in French.

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 :