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During the pandemic, when most non-profit organizations were overwhelmed responding to unprecedented demand for services, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Toronto had the opposite challenge.
The organization offers a range of community services to support women and non-binary people who are criminalized as well as advocates for justice and equity in the legal system. During the pandemic, it has experienced a sharp decline in clients, who come through referral services linked to the provincial court system.
Deborah Riddle, the executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Toronto says that because the court system has been “erratic” during lockdowns, which has led to delayed hearings, the organization has seen a decline in referrals leading to fewer participants in their programs.
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