CAEFS News

May 4th 2021 

CAEFS is one of 100 feminist and allied organizations from across the country, which represent tens of thousands of people, have signed onto a statement affirming their desire for a feminist movement that is trans inclusive and rejects the dangerous and bigoted rhetoric and ideology espoused by Trans Exclusionary Radical ‘Feminists’ (TERFs) in Canada.

 

 

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

communities.

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]

February 24th 2021 

Deadline Extended: Pacific Regional Advocates

​CAEFS is still looking for volunteers to join our Regional Advocacy teams in British Columbia. 

Applications are now due on Monday, March 1st. 

Our Regional Advocacy teams are comprised of 4 to 8 individuals with varied skill sets who are dedicated to preserving and forwarding the rights of incarcerated people, while improving their conditions of confinement. The work of our regional advocates is critical to CAEFS' broader goal of working towards a world without prisons. To learn more about CAEFS regional advocacy work, click here [LINK].

To learn more about what it means to be a regional advocate and to apply, check out the postings linked below

Posting and application for the PACIFIC (British Columbia) Regional Advocacy Team [LINK]

Please email admin@caefs.ca with any questions. 

February 23rd 2021 

Statement on the OCI's Third COVID-19 Status Update

Today, the Office of the Correctional Investigator released their third public report on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on federal corrections. The findings in this report mirror many of the issues that CAEFS has observed over the past year through our own monitoring of the conditions of confinement in the federal institutions designated for women. 

 

CAEFS supports the OCI's recommendations as they align with our long-held position that prisons are ineffective and harmful. COVID-19 has exacerbated many of the existing inequities and rights violations that have always permeated Canadian federal prisons. This is especially true for incarcerated Indigenous people. 

Read our full statement here [LINK]

February 22nd 2021 

Deadline Extended - We are Hiring! 

 

CAEFS is hiring two regional coordinators. One for Ontario & Quebec, and one for Northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

 

Both positions are paid, full time (one-year contract, with possibility of renewal), home-office based. 

Application deadline is now March 1st 2021 at 9:00am EST. 

Click below for more details and how to apply. ​

Regional Coordinator, Ontario / Quebec 

Regional Coordinator, Northern Canada 

February 19th, 2021 

CAEFS' Statement on Bill C-22

Yesterday, the government announced proposed amendments to the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in Bill C-22. We welcome the attention to the harms that are caused by mandatory minimum penalties (MMPs), the criminalization of drug use - and that both have a disproportionate impact on Black and Indigenous communities, particularly women. However, CAEFS also echoes what many other organizations, communities, and individuals have said: these reforms are not enough. 

You can read our full statement here [LINK]

February 15th, 2021 

Deadline Extended! Regional Advocates (Volunteer) 

CAEFS is looking for volunteers to join our Regional Advocacy teams in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. 

Applications are now due on Wednesday February 17th at 9:00am EST. 

Our Regional Advocacy teams are comprised of 4 to 8 individuals with varied skill sets who are dedicated to preserving and forwarding the rights of incarcerated people, while improving their conditions of confinement. The work of our regional advocates is critical to CAEFS' broader goal of working towards a world without prisons. To learn more about CAEFS regional advocacy work, click here [LINK].

To learn more about what it means to be a regional advocate and to apply, check out the postings linked below. 

Posting and application for the ATLANTIC Regional Advocacy Team [LINK]

Posting and application for the ONTARIO Regional Advocacy Team [LINK]

Posting and application for the PRAIRIES (Saskatchewan) Regional Advocacy Team [LINK]

Posting and application for the PACIFIC (British Columbia) Regional Advocacy Team [LINK]

Please email admin@caefs.ca with any questions. 

February 9th, 2021 

We are Hiring! 

 

CAEFS is hiring two regional coordinators. One for Ontario & Quebec, and one for Northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut).

 

Both positions are paid, full time (one-year contract, with possibility of renewal), home-office based. 

Application deadline is February 24th 2021 at 9:00am EST. 

Click below for more details and how to apply. ​

Regional Coordinator, Ontario / Quebec 

Regional Coordinator, Northern Canada 

 

February 8th, 2021 

NEW REPORT: Reproductive (In)Justice in Canadian Federal Prisons for Women

 

"Reproductive (In)Justice in Canadian Federal Prisons for Women" by Martha Paynter and published by CAEFS is out today! This report describes how federal incarceration impedes reproductive justice by restricting access to health services and by destroying family connections - this is especially true for Indigenous prisoners. ⁠

This report is informed by a series of Reproductive Justice workshops offered to people in 5 of the 6 prisons designated for women in late 2019 and early 2020 by the report’s author. Workshops were delivered with the collaboration of Indigenous Elders at each institution and with the support of CAEFS’ regional advocates.⁠

You can read the full report here.