The ICPC organizes a focus group of local Saint-Laurent stakeholders

The ICPC met with various community and institutional key actors working in the Saint-Laurent neighbourhood as part of the process leading up to a local safety audit.

This focus group’s goal was to better contextualize local realities, to identify the more at-risk parties, and to shed light on emerging problems that might not have been brought up in literature reviews or statistics. Speaking with local actors provides us with a more accurate view of local crime issues.

The local safety audit will be finished in June 2021.

The ICPC welcomes two new communications interns

At the end of the month of May, it was our pleasure to welcome two new communications interns to the ICPC: Miriam Blair and Adriana Gonzalez.

Miriam is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages at Laval University with a focus on communications. She is interested in furthering international cooperation on crime that transcends borders, especially human trafficking.

Adriana is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations at the University of Quebec in Montreal. She is particularly interested in the development of communication strategies within public organizations.

They will be working together with our Communications Manager to develop the 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!

The ICPC presents the “DataJam Against Exploitation” as a means of preventing human trafficking

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.

Upcoming Events – May

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

Speakers:

  • 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

To register

 

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.

Speakers:

  • 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.

To register

 

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.

  • Speaker:
  • Jane Fox, Director General, REACH

To register

 

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.

Speaker:

  • Fernando A. Chinchilla, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, ICPC

To register

 

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.

Speaker:

  • Kathy AuCoin, Chief, Analysis Program, Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics, Statistics Canada

To register

 

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.

Speaker:

  • Josée Mensales, Co-founder and coordinator of the Survivors Program, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM)

To register

 

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.

Speakers:

  • Nathalie Khlat, Co-founder and Director of Projects, Le Phare des AffranchiEs
  • Diane Redsky, Executive Director, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata

To register

 

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.

Speaker:

  • Neil Giles, Director, Traffik Analysis Hub

To register

 

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.

Speakers:

  • Joseph Mari, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit and External Partners, Scotiabank
  • Vishal Gossain, Vice President, AML/ATF Analytics

To register

Upcoming webinar on risks and trends in online child exploitation

UPCOMING WEBINAR-DISCUSSION
Cybertip.ca: Risks and trends in online child exploitation

Date: April 29, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (EST)
Online registration

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.

Online registration

The ICPC launches a competition to combat human trafficking in Canada

The ICPC is pleased to have launched the DataJam Against Exploitation, a technological competition to combat human trafficking in Canada, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM Corporate Social Responsibility. This competition, funded by the Government of Canada, seeks to increase public awareness of human trafficking, improve participants’ technical and substantive capabilities, and enhance collaboration among interdisciplinary sectors in Canada.

The competition will be held online from May 7th to May 17th, 2021, and includes a three-day training and mentoring program on human trafficking and IBM technologies facilitated by partner organizations and relevant stakeholders engaged in combatting human trafficking.

This DataJam will focus on designing tech-based solutions that will contribute to developing tech-based solutions to specific challenges in combatting human trafficking in Canada. Participants will be required to select one of the following challenges:

  1. Solutions that provide new insights into human trafficking of Indigenous, Northern and remote communities, LGBTQI+ people, or vulnerable youth, to raise awareness, detect, and prosecute crime against these communities.
  2. Solutions to identify, prevent and prosecute youth and child exploitation online, most notably in social media and online gaming platforms.
  3. Solutions exploring the relationship between human trafficking and socioeconomic factors, migration, COVID-19, natural disasters, or major events to identify trafficking patterns, networks and hotspots.

For more information and to register: https://www.ibm.org/data-jam

*Please note that the deadline to register is April 26, 2021. Registration deadline has been extended to May 3, 2021.

Press Release: The ICPC commits to combating human trafficking in Canada

A FIRST NATION-WIDE TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION COMPETITION TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CANADA IS LAUNCHED

The ICPC, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM, are proud to announce the launch of “DataJam Against Exploitation”, the country’s first of its kind online innovation competition aimed at developing technological solutions to identify and combat human trafficking in Canada, particularly among youth as well as Indigenous and LGBTQI+ communities. This competition is funded by the Government of Canada.

Read the press release: Press release (April 2021)