Co-Director: Mandeep Kaur Mucina, M.S.W., PHD Candidate.
Mandeep has been practicing on the frontline as a social worker, child and youth worker, and community activist for over 11 years . Mandeep’s experience and interests are in family violence and doing community based education and engagement with South Asian communities around issues of violence against women. Mandeep is currently working towards a PhD in the Adult Education and Community Development program at OISE and finished a Master’s degree in Social Work, from the University of Toronto. Currently, she is focusing her research on second-generation South Asian women and their experiences of honour-based violence particularly exploring how second-generation South Asian women negotiate cultural knowledges, such as honour, in the Canadian context.
Co-Director: Farrah Khan, M.S.W.
Farrah has spent the last sixteen years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through art creation, counseling and community development. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and supports women survivors of violence as a counselor and advocate at a local violence against agency. Farrah has been presented with numerous awards including the Toronto Vital People Award, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Women Who Inspire Award and Urban Alliance Relations Community Award.
Co-Director: Deepa Mattoo, B.A LLB, MBA
Deepa Mattoo is a Staff Lawyer with South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO). She has her Masters in Business specializing in corporate social responsibility from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. Deepa is a alumni of Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program at Humber College, Toronto. She has over 16 years of experience in providing legal services, public education, advocacy and not-for-profit governance. Deepa primarily practices in the area of Immigration law and Income security. Deepa has been involved with various issues related to domestic violence globally and has been a leading voice on the issue of forced marriages in Canada.
Operations Coordinator: Deanna Ida, M.A.
Deanna Ida is the Operations Coordinator of Pomegranate Tree Group and she also works at The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. She has an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Brock University, teaching students in the subject matters of Media, Research Methods, Communication Theory and Language & Rhetoric. She has also worked at Ryerson University as Graduate Assistant for Department of Criminal Justice and Criminal Law, in six different subject areas and she was a Research Assistant for Ryerson’s Department of Sociology. Her most current work includes editing and research in many areas, with particular interest in human rights, international law and Palestinian issues.