June 4th 2021 

CAEFS’ Public Statement Regarding a June 2nd, 2021 Open Letter

On June 2nd, 2021, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) received an open letter from a collective of women with experience of criminalization. CAEFS has responded by email to the signatories to the letter, as well as those copied. Given that the letter we received was made publicly available, we are issuing this public statement to be transparent in our position.  

Read our full statement here. 

May 31st 2021 

Statement on the discovery of 215 children at a Kamloops Residential School

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies is holding the families and communities of the 215 children who were found at the site of the Kamloops Residential School in our hearts. We mourn their deaths, and we mourn the loss of all that they would have brought to their families and communities had they not been killed.


Read our full statement here.

May 3rd 2021 

Elizabeth Fry Week 2021: Human Rights in Action 

Every year, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and local Elizabeth Fry Societies across the

country mark Elizabeth Fry Week. We continue to mark Elizabeth Fry Week on the week leading up to mother's day because most women in prison are mothers, and many of these women were the sole supporters of their families at the time they were incarcerated. When mothers are sentenced to prison, their children are sentenced to separation. We draw attention to this reality by ending Elizabeth Fry Week on Mother’s Day each year. This year’s theme is Human Rights in Action.

We’ve selected this theme to draw attention to the many ways that CAEFS, local Elizabeth Fry Societies & their

clients, and people who are incarcerated are working to defend and uphold the human rights of people in our


Check us out us on social media and follow the hashtags #EFryWeek2021 and #HumanRightsinAction to stay up to date and join the conversation. 

Read our statement here and watch opening remarks from our executive director, Emilie Coyle on our YouTube channel here

March 8th 2021 

Statement on Recent Reporting on Sexual Violence in Federal Prisons Designated for Women

Today, the Globe and Mail published an article exposing Correctional Services Canada (CSC) for their failure to collect data reporting sexual violence perpetrated by staff against prisoners in Canadian federal prisons designated for women.

Through our decades of advocacy work monitoring conditions of confinement in Canadian federal prisons designated for women, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) has observed considerable indifference on behalf of CSC with respect to prisoners’ experiences of sexual violence from CSC staff. CAEFS has consistently noted that CSC has failed to create an environment that is supportive for survivors or conducive to the reporting instances of sexual violence from staff.

Read our full report here [LINK]