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"A Voice in the Darkness" is more than a memoir—it is a beacon of hope and resilience crafted by Jeanne Celestine Lakin. An award-winning author, inspirational national speaker, and a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Jeanne's story has captivated thousands, offering them comfort and direction amid their struggles.

Jeanne's journey of transforming her life from a child caught in the turmoil of genocide to an influential advocate for human rights and education is the essence of our platform. Her powerful narrative, expressed through her book and public speaking engagements, inspires individuals to discover their true purpose and take action to better their lives.

Apart from her writing and speaking, Jeanne also uses her experiences to combat global issues.  She serves as Chairwoman for the ODIHR International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council (ISTAC), where she actively fights against human trafficking. Additionally, as the Manager of Disability Services for Lone Star College, she champions for inclusivity and accessibility in education.

Discover Jeanne's inspiring journey and let it illuminate your path to resilience and purpose with "A Voice in the Darkness."


Paul Lakin, the co-author of "A Voice in the Darkness," a public servant, poet, and lover of people, whose passion for justice is evident in all facets of his life.

Currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at Texas Southern University, Paul has accrued a broad professional background, marked by his previous role as a law clerk for the Office of General Counsel at Lone Star College System. His experiences have helped him develop a keen understanding of the law and its intersection with various societal issues.

In addition to his legal career, Paul has also worked as a TRIO coordinator, where he focused on fostering accessibility and success in education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. His professional journey also extends into finance and insurance, lending him a multifaceted perspective on these critical sectors.

Beyond his professional commitments, Paul's passion for advocating for those who need it most is evident in his work with the World Down Syndrome Foundation. As a poet, his writing embodies his deep empathy and desire to connect with others.


Paul was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and raised in the Northwest. Today, he resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Jeanne Celestine Lakin, and their son, Samuel "Kaze".

Together, Jeanne and Paul are dedicated to making a positive impact on the world. Their combined efforts have resulted in "A Voice in the Darkness," a platform aimed at spreading hope, resilience, and empowerment. 

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