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UNODC and IOM launch new initiative to counter migrant smuggling

Two UN agencies are joining forces to combat migrant smuggling. IOM and UNODC recently organized an event at the UN in Vienna centring on a Joint Platform on Countering Migrant Smuggling. Opening the event, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: "We must work together to deny criminals the means and opportunity, to protect the lives and safety of people, and end the impunity of smugglers." [

East Africa: UNODC organizes anti-corruption conference on whistleblower protection, public procurement

Further steps were taken towards the creation of a regional forum on anti-corruption in public procurement for Eastern Africa as 35 governmental representatives and civil society organizations recently gathered in Arusha, Tanzania to discuss public procurement and whistleblower protection.

Empowering women and girls when tackling drugs and crime: UNODC, United Nations in Vienna launch new gender equality strategy

Drugs and crime continue to affect societies all over the world but their impact on women and girls can be different. This is being addressed in the new Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for UNODC and the United Nations Office at Vienna, which has been presented at a side-event of the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. [

Last chance to register with early bird fee for the 2nd International Criminal Justice Summer Course, Barcelona

The Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE) is organising the second edition of the International Criminal Justice Summer Course in Barcelona from the 3rd until the 6th of July 2018 in the Centre for Legal Studies and Specialised Training, C/ Ausiàs Marc 40, Barcelona. An early bird fee for this Summer Course is only available until the 15th of April. Make sure to register in time. The aim of the Summer Course is to examine key practice issues, inspire new thinking, promote cross-fertilisation and build new networks to improve services and practice in prison, probation and restorative justice. This years theme will be radicalisation and violent extremism.The summer courses exist of a combination of workshops, plenary sessions and field visits. Each workshop will focus on understanding and responding to radicalisation. Methods will include training, presentations and discussions among the participants. Workshop Themes • The workshops are divided into three main themes: • Characteristics of Violent Extremist Offenders (VEO) coming into prisons: assessment, treatment and reintegration; • Exploring ‘alternatives to detention’: concrete activities and practices that help to develop understanding and competences for working with VEOs; • Reimagining Violent Extremism (restoratively): sharing feelings, listening to stories and involving victims as a response to understand radicalisation. Click on the link if you want more information about the 2nd International Criminal Justice Summer Course.

A persisting concern: anti-Gypsyism as a barrier to Roma inclusion

Despite ambitious initiatives, the fundamental rights situation of Roma in the EU remains profoundly troubling. This report examines the persisting phenomenon of anti-Gypsyism and its effect on Roma inclusion efforts. It first presents data on key manifestations of anti-Gypsyism, namely discrimination, harassment and hate crime.

The report reviews data on specific areas of life, such as education, employment, healthcare and housing – all areas in which prejudice and racism against Roma continue to undermine true progress. The report also frames the issue of Roma exclusion and deprivation in a global context, looking at how Roma in EU countries fare compared to the general population with respect to select Sustainable Development Goals.

MANAGING MIGRATION & Supporting Refugees in a Globalised World

Date: 12 April 2018

Location: CURIO HAUS Rothenbaumchaussee, 13 Hamburg


Interpretation: English, German, French


Latest AIC publications: New research on drugs, violence and misuse of domain names

New research on drugs, violence and misuse of domain names Last week, the Australian Institute of Criminology released eight new publications, which are all available now on the AIC website.

Statistical Bulletins

• Police detainee predictions on future Australian illicit drug market influences

• The methamphetamine market: police detainee perspectives

• The cannabis market: police detainee perspectives

• The ecstasy market: police detainee perspectives

• The heroin market: police detainee perspectives • Predictions on future Victorian illicit drug market influences

Research Report

• Criminal misuse of the Domain Name System Trends & Issues Paper

• Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds

For the latest crime and justice facts and figures, visit Crime Statistics Australia.

Register for Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Hosted by the CSG Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice

Assistance Date: Thursday, April 26 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide an overview of national estimates of incarcerated veterans; explain components of the Veterans Health Administration’s veterans justice programs; expand awareness of the needs of veterans in the justice system;

SPACE - Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics

The Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics, better known as SPACE (Statistiques Pénales Annuelles du Conseil de l’Europe) consist in two related projects. SPACE I provides data on imprisonment and penal institutions annually since 1983. SPACE II collects data on non-custodial sanctions and measures since 1992 (annually since 2009). These statistics are provided by a network of national correspondents working at the prison and probation services of the 47 Council of Europe member States. They are currently verified, processed and analysed by a team of researchers at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. SPACE is a world-wide known project which is a valuable source of comparative information and data used by international organisations, national authorities, policy makers, practitioners and experts working in the penal field.

Now available on Public Safety Canada’s website

This study evaluates the impact of the Patch-for-Patch programs implemented between February 2013 and April 2016. Cross-sectional time-series analyses were conducted to evaluate the impact of the program initiation on fentanyl dispensing, non-fentanyl opioid dispensing, opioid-related hospital visits and deaths, and fentanyl-related police incidents.

Speaker Update: Combating Terrorism in Europe Symposium

Combating Terrorism in Europe:
Strengthening the Tools and Ensuring a Coordinated Response

Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels

Thursday 17th May 2018


Alexander Ritzmann
RAN Communication and Narratives Working Group 

Cristian Pirvulescu
President of the Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration

Sébastien Boussois
Research Associate
CECID (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and OMAN (UQAM Montréal)

Simon Therer
Project Manager
CIDJ - Fédération des Centres d'information et de documentation pour jeunes ASBL