ICPC’s participation in a series of webinars on Pursuing Urban Safety Objectives towards the Sustainable Development Goals in Times of Extreme Disruption

ICPC took part in the Webinar Zero “Let’s change the world and make it a safer place”, organized by the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in collaboration with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and Fixed, on October 29, 2020. This presentation was intended to initiate a collective conversation on how to harness a shared understanding of the complexity of urban safety in order to change safety practices to be more inclusive and mutually reinforcing across sectors and disciplines. This webinar is the first in a series that has been developed to respond, through collective learning, reflection and problem-solving, to the urban safety crisis accelerated by COVID-19. In preparation for the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in March 2021, the webinar series will provide a platform for civil society to participate productively in defining the urban security agenda for the future and to propose tools and practices for the implementation of integrated urban safety in local environments.

For more information: https://crimealliance.org/resources/m/2020-10-27_changetheworldzero

To watch ICPC's presentation on the impact of covid-19 on urban safety (in Montreal), starting at 21:30 :

11th RÉSAL Bulletin: Gun violence in Montreal

The Réseau d'échange et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, has published its 11th Bulletin, which focuses specifically on gun violence in Montreal. This bulletin presents an overview of the situation in the city since 2015 and a reflection based on scientific and practical knowledge on the prevention of gun violence linked to the activities of criminal groups.

To read this bulletin, please click this link: https://6136368a-8437-46e1-a3e6-676fe96600ca.filesusr.com/ugd/613819_3805dc77e2414b74986f01814b52180d.pdf

RESAL’s online discussion panel on the place of youth in the city

*Please note that the discussion will be held in French.

The Réseau d'échanges et de soutien aux actions locales (RÉSAL), of which ICPC is a member, is proud to announce its third annual colloquium focusing on the place of youth in the city.

This year, due to social distancing measures, the RESAL is offering a new formula of three webinars that will lead to a face-to-face colloquium in the spring of 2021, if the situation allows. These webinars are intended to foster discussions between key players in violence prevention in Montreal on the following themes:

  1. Sports, arts and recreation
  2. Knowledge and culture
  3. Employment and housing

RÉSAL invites you to its first online discussion panel on the place of youth in the city, and more specifically on how sports, arts and recreation can act as protective factors for young people.

We would like to offer a space for discussion in order to highlight various sports, arts and recreation-related projects that have a positive impact on the lives of young Montrealers.

Three panelists will be presenting their projects:

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, November 5, 2020, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 
Registration: online (https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/billets-la-place-des-jeunes-dans-la-ville-125275487355)

The number of registrations is limited: first come, first served!

ICPC’s participation in the annual CMNCP conference

The ICPC is happy to have participated as a panelist at the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention's annual conference "The Future of Crime Prevention and Community Safety - Innovation, Diversity, and Multisectoral Approaches", a network that builds capacity and mobilizes Canadian municipalities to prevent and reduce crime and foster community safety and well-being.

This event, held on October 8, 2020, brought together more than 200 participants from across Canada, working specifically at the local and municipal levels in the area of crime and violence prevention and public safety. The themes discussed included youth violence prevention, the future of crime prevention and the impact of current events (COVID, the movement against police brutality, Black Lives Matter, movements against systemic racism, etc.).

Thank you for the invitation!

To learn more about ICPC's seminars and international meetings, we invite you to consult this page.

Victims of Sex Trafficking in the Americas: Overview of Public Strategies and Future Directions, 2000-2019

It is with honor and enthusiasm that we present this thematic report on victims of sex trafficking in America. This publication aims to provide an overview of public strategies and to establish certain recommendations in light of research and proven findings.

The period 2000-2019 has been a crucial period in the fight against trafficking for sexual exploitation. Indeed, it saw the emergence of a series of legislative and organizational measures specific to this crime. From the Palermo Protocol, the first international legal foundation signed in 2000, to the various national strategies adopted subsequently, this thematic report allows us to understand how the issue of trafficking has been addressed by seven countries in the Americas, including Canada. Nearly 20 years later, time has come to realize that efforts still need to be made to contain this global phenomenon.

The originality of this report is based on the inclusion of a new criterion from the national anti-trafficking strategy: empowerment. This criterion places the victim at the center of our concerns. To be able to accompany him/her in the judicial process, to ensure his/her safety and well-being, whether the victim is a citizen or a migrant, is essential.

Download the report available in French

Redefine, Reinvent, Redirect. Looking at contemporary police challenges in the light of today’s social movement.

Police reforms arise in different contexts. They might be triggered by increasing levels of crime and violence. Sometimes, they can stem from a wider reforming project, such as attempts to modernize the State, or efforts to democratize the security sector in post-conflict and transitional societies. In other cases, they are related to particular events, to research results or to investigations – by the media, the judiciary, parliament, or the police itself – that highlight problematic aspects of the police and of policing that need to be dealt with.

The recent killing of George Floyd by a US police officer in Minneapolis and a series of high-profile cases involving the use of disproportionate and even lethal force by police against racialized minorities are once again putting law-enforcement institutions under the spotlight. That is why calls to reform the police are rising again, not only in the United States, but elsewhere too: in Canada, in Quebec, in Australia, in New Zealand, in South Africa, in Kenya, in St. Petersburg, in Barbados, in France, and in the United Kingdom. This time, these demands are rallying behind a new slogan: “Defund the police”. What does it mean? Where does it come from? What is new about this idea? What does it entail? How is it different from previous calls to reform or to abolish the police? In this policy brief, we want to look at some of the main demands of today’s movement and to contribute to the discourse by clarifying concepts and ideas that can sometimes be confusing.

Download the policy brief.

COVID-19: The measures taken by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime

COVID-19: The measures taken by the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime

Montreal, March 27th 2020

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) is concerned about the global pandemic situation linked to COVID-19. In accordance with government directives, all of our normal activities have been adapted to take the necessary precautions and measures to ensure the health and safety of our team and participate in the collective preventive containment effort. Consequently, the ICPC has reduced its staff temporarily, but remains accessible by email. Travel related to forums and other international meetings is suspended until further notice. Finally, the recruitment of research assistants and trainees is currently suspended and postponed to an indefinite date.

Given the gravity of this health crisis, these new government measures have and will have a direct impact on the most vulnerable people in our society. We are already seeing a worldwide increase in hate crimes and racism against certain communities, as well as a significant increase in domestic violence. In addition, social distancing measures make the accessibility and availability of services to victims of violence, or those in situations of marginalization, complex and restrictive. Some organizations, which normally welcome populations at risk, must now close their doors, thus increasing the risk factors for these individuals.

Since its foundation, the mission of the ICPC has been to promote the most promising strategies and practices in the prevention of crime and violence. Mindful of this commitment, we have decided to carry out, over the next few weeks, a monitoring of the challenges raised by the crisis linked to COVID-19. The primary objective will not be to compile the issues raised by this crisis, but rather to inform the various levels of government, civil society and citizens on the initiatives taken around the world to deal with these different issues. We invite you to follow us on social media in the coming days and weeks to find out more.

Finally, to find out about the measures taken by the health authorities of the City of Montreal, the governments of Quebec and Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO), we invite you to consult the resources available here:

We invite you to stay informed and follow the recommendations of the various levels of government.

Ann Champoux
General Director

RECAP: First day of the 6th International Conference on Crime Observation and Criminal Analysis in Brussels

The first day of the 6th International Conference on Crime Observation and Criminal Analysis is already shaping up to be a great success! With workshops 1 to 6 coming to an end, participants from all six continents were able to attend. Today's workshops focused on the following phenomena and themes: data quality and integrity; violence and discrimination in the public sphere; drugs and security; small data; firearms trade and trafficking; as well as domestic violence. The speakers were able to present the different types of approaches used in the field, as well as the results achieved in terms of crime observation and criminal analysis.

Similarly, Ariane de Palacio (CIPC) was able to present the development of the International Standard for the Evaluation of Crime Observatories Referential during a plenary session set aside for that purpose. The referential provides a set of standards that will enable crime observatories to build their capacity. It provides a self-assessment capacity for observatories to use as a management tool in order to strengthen their capability and expertise.

You will find some pictures of the first day below.

Meeting with John Brandolino (UNODC)

On October 2nd 2019, the ICPC met with John Brandolino, Director of Treaty affairs for the UNODC, for a 2-hour exchange. During this meeting, Mr. Brandolino stressed the importance of the Institutes of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI) in aiding the work of the UNODC, especially with regards to information exchange, process and policy formation and the development of sound policy programs. Mr. Brandolino encouraged a strengthening co-operation between the UNODC and the PNI.

The ICPC also took the opportunity to present its ongoing projects and initiatives, reaffirming once more the significance and scope of its contributions to global crime prevention efforts.

ICPC at the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, April 20 to 27 2020

COVID-19 :

We regret to announce that, due to the worldwide situation related to COVID-19 and related factors, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, scheduled to be held in Kyoto, Japan on 20-27 April 2020, has been postponed to an as yet undetermined later date. The General Assembly formalized the postponement by its decision 74/L.47 on 13 April 2020. UNODC and the Host Country Japan are in consultation on possible new dates and are working closely with the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which serves as preparatory body for the Congress. Additional information will be shared in due course.


It is with great excitement that we are announcing our presence at the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Not only will ICPC experts be attending the congress, but we will also be organising one of its workshops. Given the Centre’s expertise in the subject matter, we will be organising the Congress’s only workshop on crime prevention, entitled “Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices”. This two day workshop will allow attendees to better acquaint themselves with the various approaches and best practices that exist with regards to evaluation, indicator production and statistics collection in support of evidence-based crime prevention.

The Congress:

United Nations congresses on crime prevention and criminal justice have been held every five years since 1955. The Congresses bring together high-level representatives of Governments, representatives of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, criminal justice professionals and scholars of international repute to discuss common problems, share experiences and seek viable solutions to problems related to crime prevention and criminal justice. The Fourteenth Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held in Kyoto, Japan from 20 to 27 April 2020 and will be attended by an estimated 5000 participants.

The International Centre for the Prevention of Crime:

Based in Montreal, ICPC has become a key player in the international arena for crime and violence prevention. The Centre played a fundamental role in the creation of the United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Crime and continues to actively promote them today. For over 25 years now, the main mission of ICPC has been the promotion of safer societies by preventing and reducing acts of violence and crime in communities through specific practices aimed at the reduction of criminality.

Our Plan:

ICPC intends to continuously inform congress participants and interested parties about the preparation of our workshop. The Centre plans to produce several informative videos and news capsules intended to keep attendees up-to-date with the developments of the workshop design and preparation. Furthermore, ICPC intends to become a reference of choice for all the latest news related to the themes of our workshop. In the months leading up to the event, we plan to disseminate news updates or academic findings relevant to our workshop and the 2020 UN Crime Congress across our networks.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us and our “#preventionmatters” hashtag on our social media to stay up to date with everything related to the workshop.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The ICPC team