Mayoori Malankov is a spunky Eelam Tamil woman committed to social justice. Witnessing the hardships her parents faced after fleeing the war in Sri Lanka inspired her community activism and advocacy starting at an early age.
In her current role as a Toronto-based immigration and refugee lawyer, Mayoori supports migrants and refugees - many of whom are women of colour - to navigate a complex legal terrain to secure safety and status in Canada. One way Mayoori supports women is by working collaboratively with them to access resources and connections to community supports, in addition to providing critical legal assistance, using an intersectional, trauma-informed lens.
Now at 33 years old, Mayoori is learning to extend the values that guide her work – compassion, respect, and love – inward. She is actively working on learning to slow down and trust in her process. This healing work is partly how she pays homage to the many women who have shaped her into who she is today. #thiswomaniknow