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Suma Mathai Mathew - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Suma Mathai Mathew Suma Mathai Mathew

Adjunct Lecturer Dept. of Children Youth and Families | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Suma Matthew is an expert in advocacy for teens and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.


SUMA MATHAI is part of the social work adjunct faculty. She completed a joint juris doctor/Master of Social Work degree at USC and was awarded an Equal Justice Works postgraduate law fellowship to provide advocacy and education for teens. As a public interest attorney, she focuses her law practice on advocacy for teens and immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

Prior to joining USC, Mathai served as associate director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, a nonprofit agency that provides free legal services to low-income families. During her tenure at LACLJ, she developed and managed new projects, including a social work case management program and a pro bono volunteer program, as well as programs serving self-represented litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Mathai has been working with children and families since 1993, and continues to work with nonprofit agencies to provide resources for survivors of domestic violence.

Education (3)

University of Southern California: J.D. 2000

University of Southern California: M.S.W. 2000

Arizona State University: B.S. 1996

Areas of Expertise (3)

Advocacy for Immigrants Survivors of Domestic Violence Law Advocacy for Teens

Industry Expertise (4)

Education/Learning Health Care - Providers Health and Wellness Health Care - Services

Accomplishments (4)

Public Service Award (professional)

South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation

Public Interest Attorney of the Year (professional)

USC Gould School of Law Public Interest Law

Commendation (professional)

Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council

Community Activism Award (professional)

South Asian Network