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! 

Youth mediation training offered by RÉSAL

As part of the development of the community of practice of the Réseau d’échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which the ICPC is a member and coordinator, a second training of the 2nd thematic cycle of the activities was held last May 18. This training aimed at introducing the concept of mediation and provided an opportunity for participants to become familiar with various theoretical and practical tools in order to facilitate the process.   

The activity was carried out by Maxime Bonneau, clinical coordinator and trainer for PACT de rue, Déborah Griot, project coordinator, and Myriam, street worker with PACT de rue, a community organization member of RÉSAL that acts directly with youth and people in difficulty.  

In addition, a clinical supervision activity following this second cycle thematic training took place on June 1st and June 22. These clinical spaces allowed participants to recall the main components of the mediation process, the prerequisites for its implementation as well as the main communication techniques that were discussed during the training and to apply them in real-life situations.    

Some of the highlights from the training included:  

  • The importance of differentiating between the concepts of mediation, conciliation, and arbitration, as well as choosing the most appropriate option for each context. The process, the purpose and the roles of each party will differ depending on the option considered and the issue to be addressed.   
  • Mediation is a communicative process, in which the parties have an active and central role. The purpose of the mediation process is not necessarily linked to reaching an agreement or a decision, but rather will be discussed in the course of the exchange between the parties.   
  • The person taking on the role of mediator must be impartial, a good listener and act as a facilitator to encourage the parties’ introspection.   
  • Several communication techniques such as active listening, mirroring or positive reinforcement can be used.   
  • The mediation process, which itself is divided into several more or less flexible stages, benefits from preparatory meetings with each of the parties, allowing them to be informed about the process, to validate their informed consent and to be prepared for the various eventualities.   

So far, the activities of this second thematic cycle “Mediation with youth” have reached 25 workers from Montreal community organizations working in the prevention of youth violence.  

The ICPC met its network in France and Belgium 

The ICPC was back on a mission in Europe. During the month of May, Director General Ann Champoux met with several members, partners and new collaborators to discuss opportunities for collaboration in crime prevention. 

Meeting with the President of the ICPC Board of Directors, UIC and ONDT 

On Tuesday, May 17th, in Paris, the ICPC met with the President of the Board of Directors, Isabelle Lonvis-Rome, in order to discuss, among other things, the strategic programming 2021-2023 of the ICPC.   

In the afternoon, the Director General met Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Head of the security division for the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Fabrice Fussy, Head of the National Observatory of Crime in transports (ONDT), with the aim of exchanging and collaborating on the organization of a conference to be held in autumn 2022.   

Meeting with the International Relations Department of the Bordeaux City Council 

The Director General and the President of the Board of Directors of the ICPC went to Bordeaux for a meeting at the Judicial Court of Bordeaux in order to exchange with French stakeholders on issues related to domestic violence and Equality between women and men.   

Afterwards, Ann Champoux met Sophie Senghor, Deputy Director of the President’s Office and la Direction des Relations Internationales de la mairie de Bordeaux (the International Relations Department of Bordeaux City Council). This meeting was an opportunity to present the current activities of the ICPC, as well as the perspectives of collaboration to be set up in Bordeaux, around projects related to the prevention of the exploitation of women and urban safety.   

Meeting with the Délégation Générale du Québec à Paris 

On Friday, May 20, the ICPC was back in Paris to meet Lisa-Marlène Ntibayindusha, Political Affairs and Cooperation Advisor of the Délégation Générale du Québec à Paris (General Delegation of Quebec in Paris). The meeting focused on the current activities of the ICPC and future collaborations, notably for the organization of an international conference in autumn 2022. 

Meetings with the UITP and the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles 

On Monday, May 23, a meeting took place at the offices of the UITP in Brussels, the International Association of Public Transport, with Karine Sbirrazzuolo, Co-Director of the Knowledge & Innovation Department, and Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, for a working meeting on security in transport.    

In the afternoon, a discussion took place with Stéphanie Franssen, Bilateral Affairs and Cooperation Attaché of the Délégation générale du Québec à Bruxelles (General Delegation of Quebec in Brussels, DGQB), to provide an update on international projects and future collaborations.  

Meeting with Bruxelles Prévention & Sécurité

On Tuesday, May 24, the ICPC was hosted for a working meeting at the offices of Bruxelles Prévention & Sécurité (Brussels Prevention & Security) to meet with the Executive Committee, including among others, the Director General and High Official for the Brussels region, Sophie Lavaux, as well as the Director of the Brussels Observatory for Prevention and Security, Christine Rouffin.   

Meeting with the Institut des hautes études du ministère de l’Intérieur (IHEMI) 

On Wednesday, May 25, Ann Champoux and Fabrice Fussy, Head of the National Observatory of Crime in transports, a partner organization of the ICPC, met with Éric Freysselinard, French High Civil Servant, Director of the Institute of High Studies of the Ministry of the Interior (IHEMI), to discuss issues related to transport insecurity in France.  

We would like to thank all our collaborators for their welcome and these fruitful exchanges. 

The ICPC takes part in a PNI coordination meeting

On May 27th, the ICPC took part in the second coordination meeting of the year of the Institutes of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) as part of its role on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

Among other things, the meeting allowed the members of the network to present their recent and ongoing activities, revisit the “Kyoto Declaration on Advancing Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and the Rule of law” and report on the 31st session of the CCPCJ, which took place from 16 to 20 May in Vienna.