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Jan Langbein CEO and Founder - Genesis Women's Shelter and Support

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For 28 years, Jan Edgar Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Currently, as CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Ms. Langbein oversees Genesis’ internal and external operations as well as funding and community education.

Recognized as a National Expert on the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, Ms. Langbein conducts keynote presentations, training and workshop programs for numerous local, state, and national conferences, social and civic organizations, and corporations. Ms. Langbein provides expert testimony in court cases and trains law enforcement and prosecutorial professionals to enhance their efforts to end violence against women. In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ms. Langbein co-founded the annual International Conference on Crimes Against Women with advanced practices of investigation and prosecution bringing together law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, and forensic health professionals.

Under Ms. Langbein’s leadership, Genesis has grown from a seven-room emergency shelter to a full-service
response for victims of domestic violence. Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support provides a continuum of care which includes expanded shelter services, transitional housing, day care, an on-site school, access to civil legal representation, jobs readiness programming, ESL education, advocacy, and counseling at their residential and nonresidential facilities. Since its inception, Genesis has not only developed services of excellence but also innovative programs and funding sources. The organization and success of this model program has been shared statewide to other NGOs.

In 2009, Ms. Langbein concluded a Presidential Appointment as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). As Senior Policy Advisor, Ms. Langbein served as chief strategist of OVW. On behalf of the Director, she guided and evaluated program and administrative processes and worked to implement standards and protocols for internal and external operations. She supported the ongoing efforts within OVW for policy issues regarding the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act.

Her extensive professional affiliations include board, advisory, and committee positions with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Texas Council on Family Violence, Family Violence Prevention Council, Dallas County Fatality Review Team, Family Violence Coalition, Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, Greater Dallas Injury Prevention Center, and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and community service including the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, Mosaic Family Services Champion of Human Rights Award, the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award, Maura Award, Woman of Distinction Award, Women’s Advocacy Award, Southern Methodist University’s Profiles in Leadership Award, George Washington Honoree Medal, Peacemakers’ Dallas Peace Patron Award, and the Dallas Bar Association Liberty Bell Award.

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