We tackled the demoralizing practice of Strip Searching by hosting an informative session to educate the public and give a voice to women who have suffered this invasion of privacy.
On May 10th, 2019 Elizabeth Fry Toronto hosted a letter writing campaign to end strip searches in women’s prisons. We joined with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) and other participating Elizabeth Fry Societies in a Canada-wide campaign to address the inhumane practices of strip searches and raised awareness of the impact on women's lives. Attendees were encouraged to write letters to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) voicing their concerns and demand they stop routine strip searches in women’s prisons as a form of state sanctioned violence against women.
We had a wonderful panel discussion with Joey Twins, Heather Mason and Dr. Kelly Hannah-Moffat about the impacts of strip searches on women prisoners. Joey and Heather shared their stories of being strip searched multiple times and how it was not only humiliating but traumatizing which deterred them from accepting visits from family, going to work or doing anything that would result in a strip search. If you’d like to write a letter to CSC, your MP or MPP you can visit our website and click on ‘get involved’ to find a letter template.