ICPC welcomes a new international member

The ICPC is proud to announce that a new member has joined its network, which is the IECRIMT, Instituto de Estudios Criminológicos Transdisciplinarios (Institute of Transdisciplinary Criminological Studies). For IECRIMT, it is extremely important to collaborate with institutes, centres and universities that address criminology and safety issues. In this sense, it is important to recognize the relevance of the exchange of information, reflections and experiences between our two entities, which will allow the improvement of practices and public policies in the field of crime prevention, thus enriching the work of each.  

About the Instituto d’Estudios Criminológicos Transdisciplinarios (Institute of Transdisciplinary Criminological Studies) (IECRIMT)  

IECRIMT specializes in the social prevention of violence and crime. This institute, founded in Mexico City in 2014, was created by prestigious academics with years of experience in the field, recognizing that the problems of security, violence and crime are clearly marked by the structural characteristics of today’s societies. 

The visit of the CJGM Director of Special Projects to the ICPC

On July 25, 2022, the ICPC hosted Ms. Arij Riahi, Director of Special Projects for the Clinique-Juridique du Grand Montréal (Greater Montreal Legal Clinic – CJGM), at its offices in Downtown Montreal, to discuss the issues of insecurity affecting the borough of Montreal North. The meeting was part of a research project initiated this summer by the ICPC, which aims to map the services offered in the northeast part of the Island of Montreal – the boroughs of Montreal North, Rivières-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Saint-Léonard, and Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension – in terms of prevention of armed violence. Among other things, we discussed the place of young people in the borough, issues that have emerged since the pandemic, and possible solutions to several issues related to gun violence. 

We would like to thank Ms. Riahi for participating in the meeting. 

Job offer: Analyst and Project Officer – Urban Safety

The ICPC is looking to hire a Analyst and Project Officer – Urban Safety. Their tasks will include being responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of various urban safety projects, ensuring the supervision of the project team; taking charge of the design and implementation of consultation and citizen participation projects related to urban safety, and the prevention of violence and crime, contributing to the development of innovative practices in urban safety and multi-actor participation and co-construction processes, participating proactively in the development of the organisation, through the development of new partnerships, the drafting of project proposals, through their presence on social media and during events related to their projects and carrying out other related tasks.

The deadline to apply is August 19, 2022.

*Applications are now closed.

To see the full job offer: Analyst and Project Officer – Urban Safety

Espoir 18 in Montreal

Since 2019, the ICPC and the Parisian association Espoir 18 have been working closely together on a project on improving police-population dialogue, with a particular focus on youth and minority groups in their relationship with the police institution. The aim of this project was to document inspiring experiences and practices on both sides of the Atlantic, but also to promote the transfer of knowledge and establish collaborations around this theme.  

Espoir 18 is an association that works for the integration and socialization of more than 2,000 young people between the ages of 6 and 30 in certain working-class neighborhoods of Paris, through cultural, artistic, and sports activities. As part of its mission to support success and prevent delinquency, the association is involved in the deployment of a variety of reference initiatives, ranging from the creation of artistic projects to the organization of international mobility trips. 

As part of this collaboration, a team from Espoir 18, consisting of around thirty people, including twenty young people from the association, was in Montreal from 8 to 12 July 2022. This mission was part of a North American tour, notably in Washington and New York, of two reference theatrical performances, Bad Mama and Lettres à Nour, after a year of touring in French cities.   

We are very glad to have welcomed them to Montreal.    

The plays address multiple issues, concerns, aspirations, and realities that contemporary youth go through, especially in certain disadvantaged territories: daily life, radicalization that can lead to violence, identity issues, relationships between generations and with institutions, as well as other subjects. Moreover, Bad Mama is a co-development project, which started in 2019, between young people and youth workers, directed by Farid Abdelkrim, and performed by the theatrical troupe of “Z’improbables” (a troupe of Espoir 18). This artistic initiative became a way for the group to learn to express themselves on sometimes complex subjects. As for Lettres à Nour, it is a play adapted from Rachid Benzine’s novel and directed by him, performed by Farid Abdelkrim and Céline Dély, which aims to deconstruct the ideology of Daech and challenge the certainties of the spectators.  

For the first evening of theatre, which took place on Saturday 9 July at the Union Française de Montréal in Downtown Montreal, nearly 40 people were present to see the plays. The audience also had the opportunity to discuss with the group after the performances.   

On Monday, July 11, Espoir 18 and the ICPC were hosted in Montreal North by the organizations Parole d’excluEs and Hoodstock for a visit to the Pelletier homes, the Parole d’excluEs’ offices, and to the place de l’Espoir. These visits allowed the group to exchange with local stakeholders and to learn more about the realities of the neighborhood.  

 

In the evening, the second theatrical performance took place at Espace 7000 in Montreal North, welcoming nearly 75 people. The audience also had the opportunity to discuss with the group the issues raised by the plays, the background of these plays, and the impact that this type of engagement has had on the young people since the beginning of the process.   

 

Thank you to all the participants who attended the events.    

Job offer: Research Assistant – Urban Safety

The ICPC is looking to hire a Research Assistant – Urban Safety. 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 urban safety and crime prevention, designing and implementing the consultation and citizen participation projects related to urban safety and the prevention of violence and crime, develop innovative practices in urban safety and processes of participation and multi-stakeholder co-construction and develop the knowledge base of practices, tools and strategies for members of the ICPC and its partners. 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 July 24, 2022. *Applications are now closed.

To see the full job offer: Research Assistant – Urban Safety

ICPC participated virtually in a clinical-scientific activity on the sexual exploitation of minors

On June 16, the ICPC are pleased to have participated virtually in a clinical-scientific activity on the sexual exploitation of minors, organised by the Institut universitaire Jeunes en difficulté du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. The conference was an opportunity to discuss promising and effective practices in this area as well as the financial costs of sexual exploitation. A review of the SPHÈRES project team’s 5-year experience as a model for integrated and concerted action was presented during the webcast. Finally, future perspectives on sexual exploitation intervention were discussed.  

For more information and to watch the activity (in French): Les approches prometteuses en matière d’exploitation sexuelle – YouTube

We would like to thank the Institut universitaire Jeunes en difficulté for the invitation. 

ICPC presents the Soirées théâtres d’Espoir 18

Since 2019, the ICPC and Espoir 18 have been working closely together in a project on improving of police-population dialogue, with a special attention on the young public and minority groups in their relationship with the police institution. The aim of this project is to document the inspiring experiences and practices on both sides of the Atlantic, but also to promote the transfer of knowledge and promote the transfer of knowledge and to establish the collaborations around this theme.

As part of their collaboration, Espoir 18 is organizing a North American mobility tour in the summer of 2022, including a visit to New York and Washington, with the local support of the French Embassy. The mobile team, made up of around thirty people, including twenty young people from the association, will also visit Montreal from July 8 to the 12, 2022.

The ICPC is delighted to be able to welcome them in Montreal.

After a year of touring in cities in France, Espoir 18 will perform this summer in Quebec and the United States with two North American landmark theatrical performances: 

Bad Mama – Directed by Farid Abdelkrim, performed by the “Z’improbables” troupe 

Lettres à Nour – Adapted from the novel by Rachid Benzine and directed by him, performed by Farid Abdelkrim and Céline Dély

The theatrical evenings will address the multiple issues and aspirations of contemporary youth, particularly in certain disadvantaged areas: daily life, radicalisation that can lead to violence, questions of identity, the relationship between generations and with institutions, and other topics. 

We invite you to attend the presentation of one of these plays during these theatrical events that will be held free of charge on the following dates :

Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 6 pm at the Union Française in Downtown, Montreal (Rougier Room).

Presentation of Bad Mama and Lettres à Nour, followed by a discussion with the audience. 

To register.

Monday, July 11, 2022 at 6pm, at Espace 7000 in Montreal-North (Désilets room), in collaboration with Parole d’excluEs

Presentation of Bad Mama and Lettres à Nour, followed by a discussion with the public.

To register

ICPC participation in an international online concertation on July 14

The ICPC are pleased to have attended the Technical Experts Group meeting organised by the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (Bundesministerium fur Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Bauwesen, BMWSB) which reiterates its commitment to highlight and make sustainable urban development a key theme of the upcoming G7 Summit, which will take place at the end of June in Bern, under the German Presidency.

Under the theme “Urban Development Track”, this meeting brought together international agencies and NPOs to develop a common position on inclusive and sustainable urban development, to develop cooperation in this field and to highlight the importance of the role of cities in achieving the global sustainable development goals. 

We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building for the invitation. 

The ICPC welcomes a new communications assistant

During the month of June, it was our pleasure to welcome a new communications assistant to the ICPC: Nina Perez. 

Nina is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Politics and Society at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Before joining the team, she interned with the Green Party of Quebec as a communications officer. She also interned for the ACAT Canada as a coordinator.  

She will be working on the development of ICPC’s communications strategies in crime prevention and to bring you more news from us across all our platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube). Welcome to our team!