About Us

Elizabeth Fry Toronto, established in 1952, serves women who are, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the criminal justice system. We provide transitional housing and community supports that are:

  • Women-centred: ensuring women and girls receive services and supports that respect their social, economic, physical and cultural realities and based on the assumption that women know their own realities best and are best served by models that acknowledges women’s differences from men.
  • Gender-responsive: creating service models that reflect an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and address and respond to their strengths and challenges.
  • Anti-oppressive: implementing practices that acknowledge repression in societies, economies, cultures and groups and seeking to remove or negate the influence of such repression.

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Susan is a public speaker, educating people about the criminal justice system and legal rights. She exudes confidence and speaks with passion. It is hard to imagine that just a year ago, Susan was struggling with low self-esteem and was extremely shy. After a long history of incarceration, Susan was determined to change her life for the better. Susan joined the Peer Leadership program and developed public speaking skills, connected with positive role models and built her confidence. Susan is now a community educator, has re-connected with her family and is mentoring new members of the Peer Leadership program.