Maria Mourani, Criminologist and sociologist
CEO and Founder of Mourani-Criminologie
Member of the OPCQ
Maria Mourani holds a degree in clinical criminology from the Université de Montréal. She holds a master’s degree in sociology. Recognized for her expertise on street gangs, organized crime and human trafficking, she has worked with organizations related to public safety and led several national security issues in the Parliament of Canada as a federal MP. She created Bill C-452, which amended the Criminal Code to protect victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in people. She was a parole officer for Correctional Service of Canada in community and detention. She also worked with Centre jeunesse de Montréal.
During her professional and academic career, she has conducted several research on street gangs, organized crime, human trafficking and prostitution, especially juvenile. She is the author of three books on the subject: La face cachée des gangs de rue, Gangs de rue inc. and Milena Di Maulo. Fille et femme de mafiosi.
Since 2012, Maria Mourani has been interested in the phenomenon of youth engagement in jihadist groups. She is currently doing a PhD at the University of Ottawa on becoming-jihadist in Western countries, particularly in Canada, France and Belgium. She was the Quebec Government Representative in the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO.
In 2016, She created the first private criminology firm in Quebec.
Field of practice of criminologists
Do you know that criminologists can perform various tasks? Consult the list on the OPCQ website.
At Mourani-Criminologie, we perform, among other things, the following activities:
- Evaluation of the effects of a criminal act (criminalized or not) on a victim;
- Establish an intervention plan and ensure its implementation;
- Support and restore the social capacity of an offender and a victim to promote social integration;
- Evaluate a person with a mental or neuropsychological disorder attested by a diagnosis or assessment by an authorized professional;
- Evaluating a person as part of a decision of the Director of Youth Protection or the court under the Youth Protection Act;
- Evaluating a youth as part of a court decision under the Youth Criminal Justice Act;
- Conduct information, promotion and prevention actions with regard to social problems with individuals, families and communities;
- Do research.
Mourani-Criminologie works in compliance with the Code of Conduct of criminologists as established by the OPCQ.