UNODC takes part in an event to adopt technology in the fight against Human Trafficking


Brasilia, 11 October, 2018 -  The IBM Cloud Discovery took place in São Paulo, on 8 and 9 October.  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the National Secretariat of Justice (SNJ / MJ), IBM, the event organizer, and the Brazilian Association for the Defense of Women, Children and Youth (Asbrad) participated in the event.

During the initiative, Bluehack, a 30-hour hackathon marathon, was held in which developers, designers and entrepreneurs were gathered to solve proposed challenges on various topics. One of the challenges was the creation of a digital tool to help with combat Trafficking in Persons. About 150 people participated in the professionals' team in this hackathon. 


Since 1999, UNODC has implemented Prevention of Trafficking in Persons programs and since 2015 has implemented the Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants (GLO.ACT) which is a joint four-year (2015-2019) and is being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and aims to strengthen the criminal justice response in 13 selected target countries in Africa , Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. GLO.ACT works with selected countries, including Brazil, to develop and implement comprehensive national counter-trafficking and human smuggling responses, ensuring a dual approach to prevention and protection. 


Considered the largest IT company in the world, it is present in more than 170 countries, and in Brazil, for over 100 years. IBM is one of the companies that invests most in innovation and technology solutions, both in products and in services. Artificial intelligence, the internet of things and cloud data services have been a priority in the corporation since they emerged in the information technology world. In addition to innovation, its Corporate Citizenship area is committed to working with communities to strengthen and empower people facing crises associated with human rights, natural disasters, climate change and social well-being. 

About Bluehack

The Bluehack initiative, promoted by THINKLab at IBM Brazil, is in its sixth edition in the country. THINKLab is an area with expertise to accelerate the process of developing new technologies and business models with companies. Located within the IBM Research Lab, it provides companies with a unique experience, with researchers and specialized professionals focused on solving problems or identifying new possibilities for innovation.

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