2SLGBTQ+ people experience high levels of policing and criminalization, arrest and incarceration. Once inside prison, 2SLGBTQ+ people are subjected to violence by both prison staff and other prisoners. In Nova Scotia, very little is known about the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ within the Nova Scotia criminal justice system, which is why Coverdale launched a research project exploring just that. The key findings will be discussed and presented, as well as recommendations on how our communities can advocate for justice and transformation within our justice system. Project participant, advocate and survivor Sara Tessier will share her first-hand knowledge of violence inside prison and shed light on the ways in which sexualized violence permeates carceral settings.
This webinar will feature Ash Avery (she/her) who is a queer feminist writer, advocate and mother. She has been working with and for criminalized and incarcerated women and gender diverse folks in Nova Scotia since 2015. She is the Executive Director of Coverdale Courtwork Society, a Halifax based non-profit organization that provides supports and services to women and gender diverse people involved in the criminal justice system. Recently, Ash founded “Caitlan’s Place” – a 6 bed bail house for women and gender diverse individuals in Halifax and Sara A. Tessier (she/her) who is a social justice advocate with lived experience who has spent the last 5 years working with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized, and institutionalized men, women and youth in Canada. She is currently a Peer Mentor with Coverdale Courtwork Society and also works with the G.A.T.E team with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia.