Deepa Mattoo

Deepa Mattoo is a passionate defender of women’s rights to safety, access to justice and self-determination. Deepa is the Director Legal Services at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (2016 – present). Before joining the Schlifer Clinic, Deepa was Project Co-ordinator, Staff Lawyer and Executive Director at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (2007 -2016). Deepa, in her role as Director Legal Services at the Schlifer Clinic, manages the Independent Legal Advise (Sexual Assault) Program at the Clinic. Deepa was also appointed as Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (2017- present) for her role as the Co-Director of the Feminist Advocacy Program, hosted at the Schlifer Clinic. Deepa was the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellow at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto (2017). She has trained thousands of service providers for best practices and legal education to work with forced marriage survivors, racialised non-status women, and immigration law clients in the context of gender-based violence across Canada. She has collaborated with multiple government and non-government organizations for developing best practices, research, and resources for forced marriage and “honour” -based violence.  Deepa has appeared before parliamentary committees and commissions on a wide range of social justice and human rights issues as well as acted as an observer at various forums. She has represented hundreds of clients at multiple tribunals and courts. Recently, in November 2017, Deepa supervised the Clinic’s intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada on a case related to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. She appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada to offer the perspective of survivors of gender-based violence engaged in family proceedings; specifically, those brought using the Hague Convention. Deepa is a mother, a Kathak dancer and writes social justice oriented poetry. Two of her poems are in the training tool focusing on Race, Gender, Precarious Immigration Status and Experience of Violence.