manuel la fontaine

Community Engagement Network Organizer

manuel la fontaine is the Community Engagement Network Organizer for Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY). Prior to joining the Institute, manuel spent over 8 years with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and is a co-founding member of All Of Us Or None, an organization comprised of formerly-incarcerated people fighting for their full restoration of civil and human rights, and against the systemic discrimination faced due to one’s involvement with the legal and judicial system.  As a former captive and survivor of California’s prison system, he organized to build the voices, visibility, and leadership of people and communities most impacted by incarceration. Prior to joining All of Us or None in 2008, manuel was the outreach coordinator for Project Rebound, a unique program helping formerly-incarcerated people obtain educational objectives at San Francisco State University. manuel is currently on the leadership council of the Formerly-Incarcerated, Convicted People’s and Families Movement.