Training session for community workers offered by the RÉSAL

As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, of which ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a fourth training session in a series of activities planned this fall was held on November 11th. This training session mainly addressed community workers in Montreal to introduce methods of approach, of contact, and of intervention in street work for people working with youth and with people living in difficult situations.

The activity was hosted by Maxime Bonneau, clinic coordinator and trainer for PACT de rue, a community organization and RÉSAL member that works directly with youth and people in difficulty to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent risk behaviors.

The following subjects were discussed:

  • The definition and history of street work;
  • How to do field observation;
  • How to integrate a living environment well;
  • How to master intervention methods.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Violence prevention in street gangs

Sexual violence prevention

Online hate prevention

These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.

Job offer: Research assistant

The ICPC is looking to hire a Research assistant. Their tasks will include supporting the project manager in identifying and reviewing scientific literature, grey literature, reports, working papers, and strategic plans, reviewing, analyzing, and describing news and events related to the prevention of crime and radicalization leading to violence, and assisting in the development of the ICPC’s knowledge base. They will be expected to collaborate in the collection and analysis of data, participate in the writing of reports and studies, and participate in the organization of conferences, international seminars, and other events.

The deadline to apply is November 30th, 2021. To see the full offer: Research assistant

The ICPC invited to a CCPCJ thematic discussion

As a member of the Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI), the ICPC was invited to virtually attend the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)’s third intersessional meeting, held from November 10th to 12th. This event, organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was the first round of thematic discussions on the practical implementation of the Kyoto Declaration that aims to further crime prevention, criminal justice, and the rule of law in view of the sustainable development programme of 2030. The first thematic session on November 10th, which the ICPC attended, was on the causes of crime, evidence-based crime prevention, and adapted crime prevention strategies. The ICPC had contributed to the preparation of Workshop 1: Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators, and evaluation in support of successful practices as part of segment of the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on global crime prevention strategies for social and economic development.

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Job offer: Analyst – Urban safety

The ICPC is looking for an Analyst in Urban Safety. Their job will include contributing to the development and implementation of various urban safety projects and taking charge of the collection and analysis of data related to their designated projects. They will be expected to contribute to the development of innovative practices in urban safety and multi-stakeholder participation and co-construction processes and to proactively participate in the development of the organization by providing scientific and technical input to the ICPC team.

The deadline for applying is November 30th, 2021. To see the full job offer: Analyst – Urban safety

The ICPC officialized a mutual cooperation agreement with the Carabiniers of Chile

On Friday, November 5th, the ICPC and the Carabiniers of Chile signed a mutual cooperation agreement to initiate and promote a relationship of cooperation and understanding that will enable them to build a common vision of crime prevention. With this signing, the parties aim to engage in a collaboration to develop potential common activities that promote the development of more inclusive and safer societies and communities.

Training session on online hate prevention offered by the RÉSAL

As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, an organization of which the ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a third training session of a series of activities planned this fall was held on November 4th. It focused on online hate prevention and aimed to familiarize the participants with the concepts of radicalization leading to violence and of hate-motivated acts. It also addressed various extremist expressions on social media, presented the existing initiatives and tools in the fight against online hate, and shared inspiring attitudes to face online hate.

The activity was hosted by Anne-Sophie Bedziri and Jeanne Plisson, advisors at the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) on issues and challenges related to radicalization leading to violence.

Among the highlights of the workshop, there were:

  • The importance of properly deconstructing the vocabulary (radicalization, extremism, terrorism) to use it well. Radicalization itself can lead to social progress and positive actions and doesn’t necessarily imply violence.
  • The many forms that hate-motivated acts can take: hate-motivated incidents, hate speech, and hate crimes. While the latter falls under the jurisdiction of the law, it is still difficult to fight hate-motivated incidents and hate speech under current legislative measures.
  • Multiple resources can be combined to limit radicalization leading to violence and hate-motivated acts online. Expressing interest in the youth involved in these phenomena, encouraging doubt, and reinforcing protective factors, are important considerations for field workers.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Violence prevention in street gangs

Sexual violence prevention

Street work and youth intervention

These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.

New employee joins the ICPC team

In early November, we welcomed a new employee to the ICPC: Rose Germain.

Rose, Research Assistant Intern, is in her last year of a bachelor’s degree in psychology (Laval University) and has experience working with youth. Indeed, she has worked for Entraide Jeunesse Québec as a facilitator of a support group for teenage volunteers with anxiety disorders.

She will support the team in its role in the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL). Welcome!

Training session on sexual violence prevention offered by the RÉSAL

As part of the development of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (Network for exchange and local action support, RÉSAL)’s community of practice, of which ICPC is a member and the coordinator, a second training session in a series of activities planned this fall, was held on October 28. It focused on the prevention of sexual violence and aimed to explore the importance of language and of certain concepts in sexual violence prevention and review legal aspects and helpful attitudes for field workers.

The activity was hosted by Katherine Lapierre, project manager for the sex education programme and counselor for L’Anonyme, a RÉSAL member that works to promote safe behaviour and egalitarian relationships among youth.

Among the highlights of the workshop, there were:

  • The importance of inclusive language in prevention and interventions among youth to create a safer environment and to limit stigmatization.
  • The many shapes and forms in which violence can appear in day-to-day life without necessarily being recognized as such by the victims or by the perpetrators (sexual coercion, harassment, stealthing, etc.).
  • Despite a common misconception, around 2% of complaints around sexual assault are false accusations. This fact contrasts with a common vision that tends to easily question the account of victims.
  • Lastly, although a number of tools exist to accompany youth on this topic, how workers react to the disclosure of violence (listening, interest, trust) remains key for the following procedure with victims.

More information about other training sessions offered:

Violence prevention in street gangs

Online hate prevention

Street work and youth intervention

These training sessions were carried out with the financial support of the City of Montreal.