Advocacy

Coverdale promotes awareness around priority advocacy issues related to access to justice and equity, focusing much attention on disrupting the causes and consequences of criminal justice involvement for women, trans and non-binary people in our communities. By advocating for improved access to justice, reform, and systems level change, we support community based programs that address poverty, systemic racism, discrimination, violence and harm that women and trans people experience. Some of this work includes:

  • Provincial Bail Verification and Supervision Committee 

  • Criminal Justice Transformation Group- COVID-19 Working Group: Virtual Court, Police Charging & Release Practices, Bail Verification and Supportive Housing 

  • Nova Scotia Trafficking Elimination Partnership: 2SLGBTQ+ Working Group, African NS Working Group

  • 2SLGBTQ+JUSTICE: Exploring the experiences of criminalized queer and trans people in NS

  • Women and Children First Subcommittee of the Metro Interagency Committee on Family Violence

  • Metro Inter-agency Meeting

  • Dalhousie Legal Aid Board of Directors 

  • Child Protection Group 

Coverdale in the media: 

The Intersection of homelessness and imprisonment 

https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/ns-inmates-worry-housing-during-covid-19-could-end-unless-funding-extended-2444044

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/caitlan-s-place-halifax-transition-house-coverdale-1.5921894

https://www.saltwire.com/nova-scotia/opinion/ashley-avery-emma-halpern-vulnerable-women-in-nova-scotia-ending-up-on-the-streets-or-behind-bars-523422/

The Experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ Individuals in the Nova Scotia Justice System

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/jail-prison-lgbtq-lgbtquia-criminal-justice-system-1.5964222

Remand and Bail in Nova Scotia 

https://www.halifaxexaminer.ca/featured/province-rejects-bail-housing-plans-for-women-spends-150000-on-electronic-monitoring-instead/

Child Protection and Family Justice 

https://nsadvocate.org/2021/05/09/caring-for-criminalized-mothers/