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Dyanoosh Youssefi

Dyanoosh Youssefi

Equity, Social & Criminal Justice Advocate; Movement Builder; Legal Studies Prof; Writer; Volunteer; Criminal Defence Lawyer; Candidate, T.O City Council 2014/2018

Greater Toronto Area, Canada

My passions: social change, equitable world, youth, criminal justice, restorative justice, housing, human rights, social justice equity, bridge-building, peace; as well as poetry, painting, music

I give locally and care globally.

Lawyer, legal studies professor, movement builder, writer, social justice advocate, and life-long volunteer and contributor to many communities.

With a breadth and depth of experience in policy, advocacy, public speaking, outreach & awareness-raising, communication, team-work and collaboration, project management, as well as in political engagement, teaching, the law, criminal justice, and volunteerism, I bring a unique and invaluable level of skills and experience to my work. Self-starter who loves working with others.

I am the founder and Executive Director of All IN, a volunteer organization that works for inclusive communities through public engagement and political discussions and advocacy.

In 2014 and in 2018, I was a candidate for Toronto City Council in Ward 16 (then 14, then 8). I ran the most progressive campaign in the Ward each time, and received significant support.

I write on criminal and social justice issues, and have been published in The Huffington Post, The Toronto Star, the National Observer, the Canadian Jewish News, and TVO's The Agenda Online. I speak to the public on a variety of issues: building communities, the criminal justice system, restorative justice, Jewish law and the criminal justice system, policing, and race in politics. I have made deputations before all 3 levels of government.

I have over 30-years of local and international volunteer experience and over 10 years of board experience. Since the age of 14, I have consistently volunteered in many capacities: with seniors, youth-at-risk, persons with mental health challenges, the homeless, immigrants, and sex workers. I have volunteered in Canada, in Israel, and in Zimbabwe. A past director of two non-profit boards (RESULTS Canada and Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre), I possess strong oversight, governance, relationship-building, and management skills.


  • Founder, Executive Director, All IN (Exectutive Director, All IN)
  • Professor, Legal Studies (Humber College)
  • Public Speaker (Public Speaker)
  • Professor of Law (Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology)
  • Criminal and Social Justice Writer ( and Huffington Post)


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