On April 27th, the Annual General Meeting of Montreal International was held at Cirque Éloize. The ICPC attended, along with nearly 300 members of the Montreal International community, followed by an evening of networking. Thank you for the invitation!
On March 22, 2023, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) took part in the official launch of the Table d’action et de concertation montréalaise en exploitation sexuelle (TACMES), which took place at the Centre St-Pierre in Montreal. The event gathered between 40 and 60 participants who attended this key meeting for the prevention of sexual exploitation.
ICPC presented the project to develop a second line of sexual exploitation prevention services for youth aged 12 to 25 as well as an interactive map that lists the contacts of all TACMES members, as well as other stakeholders in Montreal and the rest of Quebec. This map is available to all TACMES members to check and use as a directory.
A moment of networking allowed all participants to exchange with many of the organizations present, such as Les Survivantes, Plein Milieu, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights, L’Anonyme, Dans la rue, Réseau Enfant-Retour, and many others.
This first TACMES meeting was a success and promises future fruitful collaborations between members to fight against sexual exploitation in Montreal. ICPC is proud to be part of this initiative and is committed to contributing to the prevention of this issue.
On October 11th and 12th, a seminar on improving communication between police and the public took place in Paris. The event was organized through a partnership between ICPC and the Parisian organization Espoir 18. The objective of this seminar was to present successful initiatives undertaken internationally on constructive dialogue between law enforcement and community members, through round tables, an audience of academics, police officers, and civil society stakeholders.
Since 2019, ICPC and Espoir 18 have been collaborating on a project on improving police-population dialogue, with a particular emphasis on the young public and minority groups in their relationship with the police institution. This partnership is therefore part of a research on ways to improve this type of dialogue, to document innovative experiences and practices at the international level and to promote knowledge transfer. This year, several activities were carried out as part of this collaboration: a review of international good practices was co-authored, ICPC hosted the Espoir 18 team in Montreal as part of its North American theatre tour, and this seminar which took place in October.
The seminar included :
- The presentation of the practice review “Improving Police-Population Dialogue: An Introduction to International Issues and Practices” produced by ICPC and Espoir 18, with the support of the Open Society Foundations;
- The presentation of successful national (in France) and international initiatives along with round table discussions;
- The screening and debate of a documentary made by the young of Espoir 18 on racial profiling;
- Stories of young people, families, and police officers on the relationship between the police and the population;
- An evening debate on possible solutions to improve the police-population dialogue and a future action plan to be put in place.
The development of an action plan for the period 2023 to 2025 based on the exchanges and lessons learned from the seminar will be produced for the next phase of this collaboration.