Program on Human Trafficking and Forced Labor
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
American University Washington College of Law
Ann Jordan is Director of the Program on Forced Labor and Trafficking in the Center on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University’s Washington College of Law. This project was created to raise awareness of the widespread trade and exploitation of human beings and also to promote a rights-based approach to combating this issue. By focusing on the effects of the sex trade as well as the consequences of forced labor, this program seeks to widen the debate to promote effective and far-reaching solutions at both the international and local level to combat all aspects of human trafficking. Ann Jordan directs ths program and is an international human rights attorney who specializes in issues of human trafficking, forced labor and women’s rights. She was the Director for ten years of the Initiative against Trafficking in Persons at Global Rights and spent eight years in Hong Kong and China teaching women’s rights, human rights, criminal law and torts and advocating for and writing about women’s rights in China and Hong Kong. She actively participated with an international coalition of NGOs in the development of the UN Trafficking Protocol and with a U.S. NGO coalition in the development of the U.S. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. She was a member of the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court, which successfully advocated during the negotiation process for the inclusion of women and women’s issues at all levels of the Court. She works with a broad international coalition of advocacy and grassroots organizations on building local capacity to develop and advocate for human rights-based programs on human trafficking and forced labor and to carry out evidence-based research and programming that addresses and supports the needs and rights of the affected persons. She has worked in or on projects in China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Bosnia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Ukraine. The Program supports the creation of networks, promotes conceptual clarity and trains on rights-based laws and policies. Currently, the Program focuses on transparency and accountability in U.S. anti-trafficking policies and grant making and on developing materials to promote a greater understanding of the complexity of human trafficking and its intersection with labor migration policies, sexual rights, health rights and women’s rights. Ms. Jordan was intimately involved in developing the Freedom Network (USA) to Empower Trafficked and Enslaved Persons, premier U.S. NGO anti-trafficking network of service providers and advocates. In addition, she is on the board of advisors of the Open Society Institute Sexual Health and Rights Program and also the central and eastern European anti-trafficking network, La Strada. She earned her law and undergraduate degrees at Columbia University and serves as an advisor to several NGOs and networks.