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CAEFS’ Housing Strategy and the Right to Housing

Advocacy

CAEFS is developing a rights-based housing strategy focused on building housing principles, resources, and advocacy that better respond to the distinct needs of criminalized women and gender-diverse people, disrupt the cycles and systems of criminalization and homelessness, and contribute to the meaningful co-creation of thriving communities without prisons.  Criminalized women and gender-diverse people face multiple […]

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Challenging Dry-Celling

Advocacy

“Dry-celling” is a form of solitary confinement where someone suspected of carrying contraband is held under direct observation, with the lights at all time, and with no running water for an indefinite period of time. Lisa Adams, who had been held in a dry cell for 16 days while incarcerated at the Nova Institution, challenged the […]

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Challenging the Use of Strip Searching – Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Advocacy

In 2017, CAEFS Atlantic regional advocates assisted a woman in submitting a public complaint to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission of the RCMP (CCRC) regarding the illegal strip search that she endured in 2013. The CCRC subsequently conducted a public interest investigation into her complaint and a final report was shared with CAEFS in […]

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Framework to Reduce Recidivism

Advocacy

On June 29, 2021, An Act to Establish a Federal Framework to Reduce Recidivism (the Act) received Royal Assent. The Minister of Public Safety was given one year to develop and table the Recidivism Framework (by June 2022). The Act called on the Minister of Public Safety to engage partners and stakeholders to develop and […]

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Fresh Start Coalition

Advocacy

CAEFS, along with over 85 organizations and individuals are advocating for a transition from the current onerous and time-consuming record suspension application process to a spent record regime. A spent regime would automatically seal a person’s criminal record and allow them to move on with their lives. The coalition is engaged in lobbying government and […]

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