Shalini Konanur

ShaliniShalini Konanur is the Executive Director and a senior lawyer at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).  Shalini has worked for 20+ years in Ontario’s legal aid clinic system, working primarily with low-income racialized communities.  Shalini’s work focusses on the intersections of socio-economic status, race, immigration status, gender identity, faith, and gender-based violence.  Shalini has extensive experience in immigration law supporting clients with family class sponsorship, humanitarian and compassionate applications, inadmissibility appeals, misrepresentation appeals, temporary resident permits, and gender-based violence immigration applications.  Shalini also has significant experience in immigration law reform including appellate and test case work in the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, and domestic and international advocacy on immigration issues including appearances at the United Nations on issues like immigration detention.  Shalini’s most recent advocacy has been around supporting victims of violence with precarious or no immigration status.  SALCO is also a founding and steering committee member of the Colour of Poverty-Colour of Change, which works towards dismantling systemic racism and discrimination to improve life outcomes for Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities.  In her free time, Shalini strives to embarrass her two tween children as much as possible and has been told that her Tik Tok dance attempts are “cringe”!