Patricia Dailey Lewis., Esq. is the Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children®. The Foundation was created in 2015 after the death of the State of Delaware’s former Attorney General, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden, III, to honor his life’s passion – protecting children from abuse.
A practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Mrs. Lewis was previously Deputy Attorney General with the Delaware Department of Justice and, until her retirement on November 30, 2015, served as the Director of the Family Division. The Family Division was created by Attorney General Biden in 2007 to better respond to the needs of children and families in the justice system.
Mrs. Lewis has received many honors including the Beau Biden Legacy Award, the Champion of Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, and the Outstanding Family Advocacy Award from Children and Families First.
Mrs. Lewis has worked in the field of family and child advocacy and protection since December 1985 in various capacities, including the Director of Legal Services for the Family Court, counsel to the CASA program, statewide leader for the Families at Risk unit of the DOJ. She has served a Commissioner on the Child Protection Accountability Commission, the Child Death, Near Death and Stillbirth Commission, the Governor’s Steering Committee for the Protection of Children, the Victims Advisory Council, and on a variety of committees and commissions concerning children and families. Since August 1989, Mrs. Lewis has served as an Adjunct Professor at Delaware Law School, where she teaches Family Law, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Interviewing and Counseling.
Mrs. Lewis is a strong proponent of prevention education in the child sexual abuse space. Far too often, discussions of child sexual abuse focus on the important work done to help survivors heal, the length of the sentence for the predator, or what signs were missed (or brushed under the rug). Mrs. Lewis believes prevention education is lost in the discussion.