LFO Community Leadership Justice Fellowship to Deepa Mattoo

Posted: 11/18/2016

Photo of Deepa MattooThe Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded lawyer and gender-based violence advocate Deepa Mattoo a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship (CLJF).

Ms. Mattoo is the legal director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in Toronto. She is an expert in violence against racialized women, refugee law, and the rights of non-status immigrant women.

“We look forward to watching Ms. Mattoo’s fellowship unfold,” said Linda Rothstein, the Foundation’s Chair and Law Society Bencher. “The [Foundation] Board believes the project will build bridges between the legal and social services sector to better assist racialized women with uncertain immigration status.”

Fellowship focus: relationship between race, gender, immigration status and laws

Ms. Mattoo will dedicate her fellowship to focus on the experiences of racialized women who become non-status immigrants or have precarious immigration status in Canada and will examine relationships between race, gender, and immigration status as they relate to immigration and refugee law. Her work will be in partnership with the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, academics from the faculties of law and sociology, and the Rights of Non-Status Women Network.

Ms. Mattoo’s fellowship will result in an intersectional analysis of the relevant legislation and how the laws impact the delivery of services to immigrant women. As part of the fellowship, she will deliver workshops to share client-centered best practices with law students, settlement workers, social work students, and lawyers.

Ms. Mattoo’s is the fourth fellowship funded for the 2016-17 granting period. She joins three other Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship recipients who were announced in July: Nikki Gershbain, Sarah Pole, and Brenda Young.

About the Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship (CLJF)

The CLJF gives senior-level employees in nonprofit organizations the opportunity to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario law school, university, or community college department dedicated to legal or justice studies. It gives nonprofit leaders the opportunity for professional development and career renewal and it strengthens the bond between academia and community-based nonprofit organizations, fostering partnerships that last beyond the term of the fellowship. The CLJF also broadens and enriches students’ academic experiences through innovative approaches to teaching and learning. A CLJF awards up to $50,000 to the Fellow’s employer to help cover the cost of the fellow’s salary and up to $15,000 to the hosting college or university to cover costs such as program-related expenses and equipment incurred because of the Fellowship.

About the Law Foundation

Established by statute in 1974, the Law Foundation of Ontario is the sole foundation in Ontario with the mandate of improving access to justice. Through granting and collaboration, the Foundation invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives.