When thee builds a prison, thee had better build with the thought ever in thy mind that thee and thy children may occupy the cells. - Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845)

Mission Statement

CAEFS is an association of self-governing, community-based Elizabeth Fry Societies that work with and for women and girls in the justice system, particularly those who are, or may be, criminalized. Together, Elizabeth Fry Societies develop and advocate the beliefs, principles and positions that guide CAEFS. The association exists to ensure substantive equality in the delivery and development of services and programs through public education, research, legislative and administrative reform, regionally, nationally and internationally.

    The following fact sheets include reference sources. Please feel free to utilize and share. Aboriginal Women Community Options Required Criminalized and Imprisoned Women Deaths […]



    Donations are gratefully accepted. Donations to CAEFS are tax deductable.  Donations may be made online through CanadaHelps, or you may scan and email, or […]

    Every year, CAEFS produces a report the activities and priorities of the organization. Click on the year for which you wish to review the […]

    CAEFS has 24 member societies that encourage Canadians to examine productive and responsible means of increasing community responses to addressing criminal justice matters from coast to […]


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