Madeleine E. Durbin
Maddi Durbin ’21 was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her experience at a Quaker high school inspired the desire for a career in human rights and social justice work. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2016, with a B.A. in International Relations. She studied abroad in France and Ghana, where she completed an internship with the International Organization for Migration. She also spent a semester in Washington, DC, interning with the Office of the Special Representative for the Central Republic and Human Right Watch’s West Africa Division. Maddi wrote her senior research paper on the right to water in sub-Saharan Africa and the effects of natural resource mining on conflict and conflict risk. Her research, travel, and internships inspired her to attend law school and study human rights law. Before attending law school, Maddi spent two years working at the Association of American Law Schools, holding two different positions and working across several divisions of the organization. In her free time, she is an avid cycler, reader, singer, and viewer of true crime documentaries.