Nominated by: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
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. Since 2016, Deepa is an Adjunct and Visiting faculty at Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. 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.