Arif Virani, a former Ugandan Asian refugee, has spent the past fourteen years as a constitutional litigator, advocating for human rights and access to justice.
Mr. Virani has worked as an analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa, as an investigator at la Commission des droits de la personne et droits de la jeunesse in Montréal, and as an assistant trial attorney prosecuting genocide at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Mr. Virani was one of the founders of Toronto’s legal aid clinic SALCO, the recipient of the 2001 Harold G. Fox litigation scholarship at the Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom, and the 2008 Wilson-Prichard Award recipient in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession and his community.
Mr. Virani lives and volunteers in Parkdale-High Park. He is a member of the Redwood Shelter for abused women, regularly helps at the Parkdale Food Bank, is an active volunteer with Roncyworks, and has led community efforts to address mental health stigma.
Mr. Virani has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from McGill University, and completed his Bachelor of Law at the University of Toronto, where he graduated as valedictorian.
Mr. Virani has served as a Parliamentary Secretary since 2015 and is currently the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.