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Ms.
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Ann Strimov Durbin
Director, Advocacy and Grantmaking, Jewish World Watch

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Sub-Saharan Africa
Governance & International Law
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Ann Strimov Durbin is the Director of Advocacy and Grantmaking at Jewish World Watch, a genocide and mass atrocity prevention organization based in Los Angeles. Ann is responsible for driving the organization's policy work, legal analysis, and its projects with survivor communities of genocide and mass atrocities around the world. During her time at Columbia University, where she received both her B.A. and her Masters in International Affairs (M.I.A) from the School of International and Public Affairs, Ann worked with numerous organizations—including Human Rights Watch, the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and several U.N. agencies. After graduate school, she served as a philanthropic adviser at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, where she worked on the international human rights docket and created a grantmaking portfolio devoted exclusively to war-affected children. After several years in grantmaking, Ann returned to Los Angeles, where she obtained her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, with a concentration in public interest law. She has worked on several cases using the Alien Tort Statute as a mechanism for holding perpetrators of gross human rights abuses accountable in U.S. civil courts, including a case before the Supreme Court.

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