Adult Legal Advocacy Program

Attending court and completing and filing documents can be an overwhelming experience. For women engaged in the legal system, there are many questions and uncertainties. Our Legal Advocacy Program helps to make sense of the processes and information required in the complex court system.

Women experiencing poverty and/or homelessness may experience further negative impacts beyond the ticketing process when they are unable to pay bylaw tickets or have warrants for outstanding fines. Many homeless women are unaware that they have tickets or warrants until they are arrested or become incarcerated. The fear of having outstanding tickets compounds issues when women who cannot afford to pay take other risks that could have further consequences around the law. Women are provided with assistance in understanding criminal charges and addressing warrants, and are given the resources to deal with them.

We also help women with information on processes and assistance to complete forms related to other legal issues such as Landlord and Tenancy, Employment, Family, and other legal matters.

This Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary program fills the gap for those women that are not eligible for legal assistance through legal aid and cannot afford their own legal support. We provide services out of the Calgary Court House and in communities in the southern and rural communities near Calgary.

Youth Legal Advocacy Program

Our Youth Legal Advocacy Program assists all youth with a special focus on Indigenous and immigrant youth who are engaged in high-risk lifestyles and are vulnerable due to a lack of natural and professional resources.

Our priority is prevention, early intervention and intervention, and the program is designed to enhance our existing Youth Court Program by providing individual supports and peer mentorship to high-risk youth involved in the criminal justice system or at risk of involvement.

The program provides community outreach supports, mentorship, and group programming supports to engage youth in a supports to address the issues that contribute to their criminalization.

For information about this program, contact us (link to reception@elizabethfrycalgary.ca).