NAAHP Member Spotlight on Lacks-Guvens Cadette
Lacks-Guvens Cadette who was born in Cerca-Carvajal a small town in the center of Haiti. At the beginning of his education, Lacks-Guvens studied Law and Economic Sciences at the State University of Haiti. After obtaining a degree in Legal Sciences, he became a Health Officer for the country’s Ministry of Public Health and Population in conjunction with the Institut Supérieur de Formation de Cadres en Santé, a program through Tulane University.
Later, while working at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Cadette received additional training on Sustainable Development for Emerging Economies. Also, at the UN Lacks-Guvens participated in international conferences at Center for International development at Harvard University and public policy and entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His training in investigative techniques and communication led him to the Caribbean Studies Association where he had the opportunity to work on the Acuerdo Preventivo Extrajudicial (APE), EU, Bureau de Coordination et de Suivi des Accords Caricom/OMC/ZLEA (BACOZ), and Internet Data Exchange (IDK) agreements.
Currently, Lacks-Guvens is working as a lawyer for the Port-au-Prince Bar, training other lawyers in Haiti. Additionally he works at bringing justice to victims of crime. In Mr. Cadette’s own words, “the greatest challenge of my work is defending victims of rape and defending human rights in Haiti.” He has assisted victims with their property rights—which is a very common problem in Haiti—and navigating the court of law in Haiti.
Lacks-Guvens’ most rewarding experience as an NAAHP Member was volunteering for the 2019 NAAHP conference Florida International University. He learned more about the NAAHP’s mission, vision, and goals.