The ICPC was recently invited to join the Traffik Analysis Hub (TA Hub), which is aimed at global human trafficking prevention. It is a joint effort from across different sectors and industries, governments, and NGO partners, all committed to sharing data and knowledge in order to help the fight against human trafficking.
On May 28th, the ICPC took part in the Analyst monthly call, along with representatives from multiple partners of the TA Hub. At the meeting, some new features of the platform were presented, and some of the practical challenges were discussed as well as possible avenues to overcome them.
Friday June 4th, at the end of the DataJam Against Exploitation that brought together 75 participants of 16 different nationalities, the winning teams were announced. In first place came Buyer Resist from Vancouver who created a web app that helped track traffickers by comparing the text from escort agency adds across Canada. They will receive a monetary prize and a spot in the IBM Incubator Program to help them further develop their project. They will also be invited to participate in the DataJam Pasos Libres 2021 that will take place on a world-wide scale in the fall, and lastly, their project will be promoted by all the co-organizers of the DataJam Against Exploitation.
Team Scotiabank AMA from Toronto, 5 data scientists from Scotiabank Anti-Money Laundering Models and Analytics (AML), came in second place, and the third place went to CDL Team from Montreal and affiliated with Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (Mila). This event marked the official ending of the competition.
The ICPC attended the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network (PNI)’s 2021 spring coordination meeting. This opportunity allowed follow-up discussions on the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Japan and on the 30th Session of the Comission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
Among the attendees were the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI), the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), and the l’Instituto Latinoamericano de las Naciones Unidas para la Prevención del Delito y el Tratamiento del Delincuente (ILANUD), also members of the ICPC.
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 security diagnosis.
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 security diagnosis will be finished in June 2021.