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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can someone at CAEFS be my lawyer?

    The short answer is no: CAEFS legal work is systemic, and we do not represent individual people.

    If you are currently incarcerated, or supporting someone who is, we recommend contacting the lead advocate for your region (contact information listed above) for more information about how CAEFS can support you, including possible referrals.

    Some local Elizabeth Fry Societies also offer free legal clinics. Check with your local Elizabeth Fry Society.

  • How can I access community programming?

    In most cases, we suggest that you connect with your local Elizabeth Fry Society for community programming and support. As a network, Elizabeth Fry Societies specialize in programs that support criminalized and vulnerable people in our communities, with a particular focus on women and gender-diverse people. These supports include:

    • Bail and record suspension programs.
    • Group and individual counseling.
    • Employment and pre-employment.
    • Housing and housing supports.
    • Parenting programs.
    • Parole and release planning.
    • Court support and diversion.

    And more.

    Each Elizabeth Fry Society will offer somewhat different programs and services, so be sure to check out their website to see how they can support you. You can find your closest Elizabeth Fry Society here.