ICPC launches a competition to combat human trafficking in Canada

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 develop 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.

PRESS RELEASE: ICPC commits to combat human trafficking in Canada

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

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)

 

Upcoming Event: Launch of the 2021 DataJam Against Exploitation

The ICPC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, Fundación Pasos Libres and IBM Corporate Social Responsibility are joining forces to launch the 2021 DATAJAM AGAINST EXPLOITATION, a technological innovation competition that seeks to increase public awareness of human trafficking, improve participants' technical and substantive capabilities, and enhance collaboration among interdisciplinary sectors in Canada.

We invite you to participate in the launch event on Thursday, April 1, at 1:00 pm (EST): Registration

This will be an information session, in French and English, to introduce the competition and an opportunity to ask your questions.
For more information and to find out how to support this competition : Concept note (in English and French)

Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Due to the global situation related to COVID-19 and other related factors, the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, scheduled to be held in Kyoto, Japan, April 20-27, 2020, has been postponed to March 7-12, 2021.

In its resolution 72/192, the General Assembly decided that the following issues would be considered in workshops:

(a) Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices

(b) Reducing reoffending: identifying risks and developing solutions

(c) Education and youth engagement as key to making societies resilient to crime

(d) Current crime trends, recent developments and emerging solutions, in particular new technologies as means and tools to combat crime

ICPC, which is part of the United Nations crime prevention and criminal justice programme network, contributed remotely to the preparation and organization of Workshop 1: Evidence-based crime prevention: statistics, indicators and evaluation in support of successful practices as part of a segment on comprehensive strategies for crime prevention towards social and economic development. This two-day workshop will enable participants to become more familiar with different approaches and best practices in evaluation, indicator production and statistical data collection to support evidence-based crime prevention.

Information and agenda