Tamika Henry-Fraser, Ordinary Member
Tamika Henry-Fraser began her professional career as a Forensic Laboratory Technician at the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force before she was contracted as the Deputy Director at the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory to guide the development, resource building and evidence handling capacity of Guyana’s new, state-of-the-art forensic laboratory. She manages the team of analysts and other technical personnel, as well as creates polices, manuals and procedures that govern the day to day operations of the laboratory. Under her stewardship, her team has developed, adopted, validated and implemented multiple analytical techniques and best practices to examine crime scenes and evidence in Forensic Biology, Drug Analysis, Toxicology, Trace Evidence, Questioned Documents and Forensic Video.
As a result of her unique role within Guyana’s Ministry of Public Security, formally titled Senior Science Officer, Mrs Henry-Fraser has had the opportunity to train and become certified in multiple forensic disciplines, including completing a Master of Science degree at the University of Florida where her research focused on Forensic Serology & DNA; specifically, on the relevance and applicability of emerging forensic technology, such as Rapid DNA systems, in the Guyana and the Caribbean region. Today she is recognised as a Government of Guyana gazetted analyst who presents expert testimony in court, as well as a “Force of Change” in security and disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean by UNLIREC.
This year Tamika was awarded one of the 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurs and 25 Most Influential Women Leaders in Guyana as a result of her personal work as the CEO of Curl Fete (the largest natural hair & beauty expo in the region) as well as a pro-women’s empowerment media personality and brand ambassador on radio and TV for Digicel, Ansa McAL and other companies.