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Jeanne Celestine Lakin

Award-Winning Author|Washington Speakers Bureau|
Orphan Advocate|Rwandan Genocide Survivor| 
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"Jeanne's memoir is hard to put down and impossible to stop thinking about"  

-George Bell


"What an inspirational story of survival, faith, and love!"

               -Steve Klein


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Jeanne Celestine Lakin, a compelling testament to human resilience, is an award-winning author, inspirational national speaker who provides insight and guidance to those feeling lost in life. Her goal is to help individuals break through their darkness and find their true purpose. 

Recently featured in George W. Bush's book, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants," Jeanne's journey from a child survivor of the Rwandan genocide to a celebrated human rights advocate has captivated and inspired thousands across the nation. 

At just nine years old, Jeanne was thrust into the horrors of the Rwandan genocide, fleeing violent militias with her siblings and forced to survive in the wilderness. Despite the brutality and the tragic loss of her family, she discovered a wellspring of strength within herself that ultimately led her to a path of resilience, education, and advocacy. 

By the age of 14, Jeanne was studying English in an American school, grappling with the traumatic experiences from her past while striving to create a better future. In her adulthood, she not only earned a master's degree in Public Administration and Public Policy and a bachelor's degree in International Relations but also became a specialist in international adoption and higher education.

Today, Jeanne has been appointed Chairwoman for the ODIHR International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC), acting as a formidable force against global human trafficking. Her contributions have influenced high-level United Nations events, furthering the cause of justice on an international stage. 

Passionate about helping disadvantaged children, Jeanne established the innovative NGO, One Million Orphans, providing sustainable educational support to some of the most vulnerable children across the globe. In addition, she serves as the Manager of Disability Services for Lone Star College, advocating for inclusivity and accessibility in education.

Through her book and public speaking engagements, Jeanne offers comfort, understanding, and direction to the millions of people who are searching for a way out of their struggles. She inspires them to take action and create a better life for themselves. 

Jeanne's memoir, "A Voice in the Darkness: Memoir of a Rwandan Genocide," is not just an account of her survival—it's a beacon of hope, perseverance, and the transformative power of resilience. This award-winning memoir has gained significant recognition, inspiring countless individuals as a distinguished member of the Washington Speakers Bureau.

Now residing in the Greater Houston area with her husband, Paul, and their son, Samuel, Jeanne continues to be a beacon of resilience and hope, illuminating the transformative power of the immigrant experience in America.


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