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Ann Burdges
Previously, Ann was the CEO / Executive Director of the Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center & Children's Advocacy Center (GSAC-CAC), a non-profit organization located in the Atlanta metropolitan area that provides forensic-medical, advocacy and legal services for victims and families all under one roof.

Prior to GSAC-CAC, Ann worked in law enforcement as a uniform patrol officer and then as an investigator of sexually based offenses, homicide, and narcotics with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, Florida. Ann has completed and received certifications from numerous training programs through the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI, in addition to various programs for professional trainers such as the IACP Violence Against Women Training Program and the OVC TTAC Advanced Trainers’ Program. She also serves as an OVC-TTAC professional instructor.

Ann has served as an expert witness in Florida and Georgia Superior Courts, as well as the US District Federal Court (Northern District), on sexual assault investigative forensic-medical protocols. Additionally, she has worked on legislative reform and provided committee testimony at both the state and federal levels.

Ann has provided professional training throughout Georgia and nationally for law enforcement, sexual assault nurse examiners, and Sexual Assault Response Teams since 1995. Additionally, she served on the U.S. Attorney General's (2000) Federal Task Force on Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, and was a federal law enforcement trainer for OVC on Understanding the Role of DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations. Ann most recently represented Georgia in the U.S. Department of Justice and OVC’s Military and Civilian Response to Sexual Assault Trainers’ Forum. Ann has served as a faculty instructor for both the Office of the Governor/ CJCC GA State Victim Assistance Academy, and nationally with the IAFN SAFEta Community Protocol initiative. Ann also developed and instructed a 40-hour law enforcement training program on Advanced Sexual Assault Investigation for statewide investigators at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center from 2006-2009.

Ann has delivered training to countless organizations, including: the Annual Wyoming State Summit on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, SANE-SART National Training Conference, IAFN Scientific Assembly, and many others. Ann served as a past Advisory Board Member for RAINN and has been the recipient of several awards including: the National Center for Women and Policing Improving the Criminal Justice System for Women Award and the American Business Women's Association Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award. In 2001, the Georgia state coalition of sexual assault centers awarded Ann with the Ann Burdges Leadership Award named in her honor for exemplary leadership. Ann was also the 2013 recipient of the Professional Impact Award from End Violence Against Women International.

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