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.

Meeting between the ICPC and Caroline Bourgeois, head of public safety at the City of Montreal

ICPC was delighted to meet with Ms. Caroline Bourgeois, Mayor of the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, who is in charge of public safety and the East End of Montreal, and Ms. Julie Demers, who is responsible for supporting elected officials, to discuss urban safety issues and prospects for collaboration within the City of Montreal.

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.

Working session with community and social development workers in the borough of Montreal North

As part of the development of a local safety diagnosis, ICPC met with community and social development workers in the borough of Montreal North to present the procedure used to respond to a current urban safety issue.

This online discussion allowed the stakeholders to take ownership of the different steps of this process, which aims to prevent and reduce violence committed and sustained by youth, as well as to better understand the realities on the ground in the borough.

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.