Ann Latsch, Chairwoman
Ann Laatsch is the Justice System Coordinator for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Ann is responsible for nationwide leadership within the criminal and civil justice systems on enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors. She provides training and technical assistance to professionals throughout the country.
Ann was formerly the Director of Legal Services at JusticePoint, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of evidence based criminal justice programs, practices and policies. Her primary practice involved helping low-income, justice-involved individuals navigate the health care system and access health-related benefits such as SSI/SSDI, Medicaid/BadgerCare, private health insurance.
Previously, Ann was the Managing Attorney for Disability Services at Community Advocates, Inc., where she practiced in the areas of Social Security Disability, public benefits, and health care. She was formerly a Staff Attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin, providing representation and advocacy to seniors on issues related to elder abuse, domestic violence, financial exploitation, and state and federal benefit programs. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she worked for two years as the Public Interest Law Coordinator in the Career Services office. Prior to law school, she worked at Community Advocates for 10 years as a program coordinator and advocate in the areas of housing, W-2, public benefits, and Social Security Disability.
Ann is currently the board chairperson of Heshima Kenya, which specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women and their children living in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a former board member of Horizons House, Inc., the founder of the Milwaukee chapter of Dining For Women, and a volunteer with Sojourner Truth House