Director, Initiative Against Trafficking in Persons
Ann Jordan, an attorney who has specialized in protecting the rights of trafficked persons for more than a decade, joined the International Human Rights Law Group in 1998. As director of the IHRLG anti-trafficking initiative, she trains and collaborates with IHRLG staff in using and training others in human rights-based legal advocacy to combat trafficking, works with an international network of anti-trafficking NGOs. She is also a founding coordinator of the Freedom Network (USA), the only nationwide anti-trafficking network.
Ms. Jordan organized an international Human Rights Caucus of anti-trafficking NGOs in 1999, which was the only group of NGOs to participate in every session of the United Nations Crime Commission's negotiations on the new Trafficking Protocol and which continues to monitor the implementation of international human rights standards for the protection of the rights of trafficked persons. As a member of the Women's Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court, Ms. Jordan has lobbied at UN treaty negotiations for the new international criminal court. She has also been actively involved in the Hong Kong women's movement as a community activist, lobbyist and legal advisor on domestic legal reform and adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Ms. Jordan has also worked as a law professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was a Fulbright Scholar, and has written extensively on the human rights of women in Asia and the rule of law in Hong Kong. She holds a JD from Columbia Law School.