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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
- Jane Fox, Director General, REACH
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.
- Fernando A. Chinchilla, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, ICPC
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.
- Kathy AuCoin, Chief, Analysis Program, Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics, Statistics Canada
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.
- Josée Mensales, Co-founder and coordinator of the Survivors Program, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM)
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.
- Nathalie Khlat, Co-founder and Director of Projects, Le Phare des AffranchiEs
- Diane Redsky, Executive Director, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata
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.
- Neil Giles, Director, Traffik Analysis Hub
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.
- Joseph Mari, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit and External Partners, Scotiabank
- Vishal Gossain, Vice President, AML/ATF Analytics
Cybertip.ca: Risks and trends in online child exploitation
Date: April 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EST)
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.